A Living Legend

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Paddy Kearney 

EThekwini Municipality has honoured Denis Hurley Centre Project Co-Ordinator Paddy Kearney by awarding him the title of Living Legend.

EThekwini Living Legends Awards aims to honour the great successes achieved by past and present residents of the City who have diligently dedicated their skills to uplift communities and contributed immensely to service the society at large.

The seventh annual Living Legends Awards forms part of the Municipality’s Heritage month celebrations and will be hosted at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 5 September 2014.

Paddy epitomises grace, service, integrity, humility and compassion. He is an astute and visionary campaigner, administrator and author working full-time for peace and justice. Much of Kearney’s work is done through faith-based organisations and non-governmental organisations working towards creating a non-violent society.

Living in Glenwood and formally retired, his current position is Project Co-ordinator for the new Denis Hurley Centre currently being built in the inner city.

The new building will provide an enabling environment for care, education and community for the poorest of the poor in one of the most diverse and challenging neighbourhoods of down-town inner-city Durban. The Denis Hurley Centre (DHC) will be a legacy project honouring the late Archbishop Denis Hurley OMI who was the most significant Catholic leader in South Africa in the second half of the twentieth century. He played a significant role in opposing Apartheid, promoted the vision of just a society and served the poorest and most marginalised citizens of Durban.

Paddy, supported by enthusiastic volunteers, has tirelessly campaigned for years to get sufficient funds to build such an ambitious building as the DHC – a huge ask in the current financial climate. The building is costing R31 million to build and 97% of necessary funds have been secured. Once suffice funds have been sourced to complete the building, fund-raising continues in earnest to equip, furnish and staff the centre.

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The 2014 Awardees are as follows:

The legendary citizens are products of our local neighbourhoods and communities, emerging from different walks of life. They have been identified by ordinary citizens of our City as iconic figures. The Awardees for 2014 have been nominated from the fields of arts and culture, human rights, community, academia, music and entertainment and sports.

Arts & Culture • Val Adamson- renowned theatre and dance photographer. • Kim Mathews- champion of Durban Music School. • Muzomusha Lameck Chamane- dedicated karate sensei. • Jay Pather- Internationally accomplished choreographer Academic • Rodney Harber- Architect. • Felix Mshololo- Inspirational School Principal Sports • Penny Heyns- Olympic swimming record holder. Music & Entertainment • Themba Mkhize- Jazz Pianist • Zibokwakhe “Phuzekhemisi” Mnyandu- World famous maskandi artist

Human Rights • Jeff Radebe – Anti-apartheid activist and cabinet minister. • Paddy Meskin – Human Rights Activist • Paddy Kearney – Activist for peace and justice Community • Greta Schoeman – Founder of the Highway Hospice ends

For more info on Denis Hurley Centre and Paddy Kearney

Contact Illa Thompson – Publicity Matters – 031 2011 638 /

For more info on 2014 Living Legends Awards

Contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 082 731 7456 or

or Gugu Mbonambi on 0313114855 or