Denis Goldberg's legacy

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Raised by 143 people in 9 months
Created October 28, 2017
Read the story in the Observer.

Dear friends and comrades,

I am writing to ask for your help. I've found out that I've now arrived at the beginning of the winter of my life, having been diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. Treatment has had some effect, but there is a limit to what the doctors can do. As you can imagine, I have been reflecting deeply on my life and what I will leave behind. 

I have two predominant feelings: first that while our beautiful South Africa is imperfect, what a marvel it is to see how far our people have come from a past of so much suffering to generosity and compassion; and at a personal level, I’m not done yet!

My hope for what I leave behind is  the creation of an arts, culture, education and training centre in Hout Bay, Cape Town where I live. We call it the House of Hope.

It is a vision that combines the passions of my life: the creation of cohesive, non-racial and non-prejudiced communities; the realisation of young people’s potential and a celebration of creativity and expression.

Creativity means so much to me personally. After the long dark years of confinement and restriction, I still can’t describe the sheer joy and unrestricted pleasure seeing and experiencing bright, emotional and expressive art brings me. Not only that, I’ve also seen how art and creativity can bring people together. It inspires people to see beyond their differences, express themselves authentically and learn about one another. There's nothing more important when you’re still in the process of building a community from a long and difficult history, as we are in Hout Bay, which is a microcosm of South Africa's efforts to overcome the legacy and reality of ethnic divisiveness.

Creating a beautiful space for this to happen, where young people, our future, and grown-ups can develop those vital creative and expressive skills will be my lasting contribution to the future of Hout Bay, which has been my home for so long.

It is a place and community that has given me so much joy, peace and fulfilment after a lifetime filled with a lot of happiness but also far too much sorrow and solitude.

To build the House of Hope and get its activities started, we need to raise 6 Million Rand - about £325,000, which we've made some progress towards. But we need your help to bring this vision to life. The project will be delivered by the Denis Goldberg Foundation, which is run by myself and the Foundation's Trustees - Joe Noero, André Oosthuizen, Dr Deidre Abrahams and my son David. David will manage the transfer of money to my South African foundation.

Throughout my life, in working towards a non-racial South Africa, I've tried to help people experience the joy that life can be when we are free and can truly recognise and see one another. Now, as I approach my last days, I hope you can help me do it one last time by creating a space in which people can experience the sheer joy and freedom that the arts inspire in us. Anything you can give - £5, £10, £50, £100 or more - will make a big difference.

With my deep gratitude in advance and in solidarity, always, I wish you all the very best,

Denis Goldberg

The Denis Goldberg Foundation - Building Bridges through Arts & Culture

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Dear friends,

Denis’s Rivonia comrade Andrew Mlangeni - who went on to spend 26 years in prison - will be in London this July to receive his Freedom of the City of London. We are delighted to invite you to a dinner on the 19th July 2018 that is paying for the costs of his trip. Please find the details and ways to book at https://andrewmlangeni.eventbrite.co.uk.

We hope you can join us, but please book soon if you would like to come as we have about 25 spaces left.

With many thanks,

Dennis Marcus

(Managing this page on Denis's behalf & Denis asked us to share this invite with you)
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Delighted that our efforts to build the House of Hope in Hout Bay have been covered in today's Observer, after I had a wonderful conversation with Emma on Friday. As you can see, my life is filled with the brilliant colours of Africa - inside my home and when I step outside.

I'm grateful to GoFundMe for helping to set up the interview.

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Raised by 143 people in 9 months
Created October 28, 2017
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