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Support for Gala Fundraising Dinner for Institute for Healing of Memories November 30 2018

08 November 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the funeral of the late Winnie Mandela, spoke about us all as a hurting people, wounded by our past, numbed by our present and uncertain about our future. The President's words have brought into focus our unhealed wounds and the desperate need of healing that we, as a nation, have. The Institute's work is grounded in the belief that all are in need of healing because of what we have done, what we have failed to do and what has been done to us.

The Institute for the Healing of Memories is encouraged by the Presidents recognition of the need for national healing as the institute has been involved with healing work for the past 20 years.

The work of the Institute for Healing of Memories is focused on healing of memories processes, restoring humanity projects with young people and community healing dialogues. The Institute finds a heightened application in community programmes that address traumatic, civil and physical issues. For example, HIV/AIDS, Political violence, the murder of those living with albinism, xenophobic attacks, rape, drugs, bullying in schools, unemployment and domestic and gender based violence against women and children which are all ongoing issues.

The Institute collaborates with organisations concerned with peace-building, reconciliation, transformative justice and the promotion of human rights around the world.

 The Institute for Healing of Memories was founded in 1998 by Fr Michael Lapsley SSM, who lost both his hands and an eye in a letter bomb attack in Zimbabwe in 1990. The Healing of Memories workshops were originally created to run parallel to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1996-1997).

 We have recognised that much more needed to be done for healing in all spheres of life and continues to this day around the world in achieving its goals of contributing to healing the very many wounds that people carry in their lives. The Workshops seek to decisively break the destructive cycle of dehumanisation and violence that disfigures the very fibre of our societies.

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we plan to have our fundraising dinner which will take place on 30th November, 2018 at the Granger Bay Hotel, Cape Town.

Our theme this year is “Healing and Wholeness: Transforming our memories”.  We are looking to raise R500,000 at this event.

Our appeal to you is to help us achieve this goal and to ensure that we are able to provide healing of memories processes, community dialogue and other interventions such as youth development work  with our project of Restoring Humanity; all of which contributes towards our President’s goal of a healed nation.

A sponsorship of a table of R10, 000 will, for example, afford 5 young people to attend a youth empowerment training residential workshop equipping them to do healing activities in vulnerable communities.

Please visit our website to see the activities of the Institute.

We thank you in anticipation for supporting our work and being part of the goal of healing our memories.

Please address your responses and any queries that you may have to Eleanor: [email protected] on 021 683 6231

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards
Fr Michael Lapsley

About Us

The Institute for the Healing of Memories seeks to contribute to the healing journey of individuals, communities and nations. Our work is grounded in the belief that we are all in need of healing, because of what we have done, what we have failed to do, and what has been done to us.

Contact Us

  • Institute for Healing of Memories
    5 Eastry Road, Claremont,
    Cape Town, 7708, South Africa

  • +27 21 683 6231