GLN director to be treated for Mandela Day by East Coast Radio

2015-07-23 06:00
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Pierre Buckley (left) project co-ordinator and Anthony Waldhausen director, both from the Gay and Lesbian Network.

PHOTO: supplied Pierre Buckley (left) project co-ordinator and Anthony Waldhausen director, both from the Gay and Lesbian Network.

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GAY and Lesbian Network director Anthony Waldhausen, has been selected to take part in the East Coast Radio “67 Minutes for 67 people”.

He was nominated by Pierre Buckley, the programme co-ordinator of the sexual and reproductive health rights project run by the network. East Coast Radio is to make this Mandela Day memorable for 67 people in KwaZulu-Natal who live Madiba’s values every day. These are people who work tirelessly in the service of others, people who continue to influence lives in a meaningful way and who give 100% to make the world better.

Buckley nominated Waldhausen because he founded the Gay and Lesbian Network to create a safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in 2003.

The LGBTI community are often exposed to prejudice and hostility and the network was created with the aim of meeting and overcoming such challenges. The network aims to bring about equality, respect and acceptance of LGBTI persons by running various programmes and events which help strengthen the minority group. Examples of these include outreach programmes, advocating for an enabling environment, the annual Pink Mynah Festival and a helpline which offers telephonic and face-to-face counselling.

“Anthony is such a great leader because he is so selfless and is always providing help to those who need it. He doesn’t just help people though, he creates opportunities for them to better themselves so that they may help themselves and become stronger people,” said Buckley.

On Mandela Day, which sees the nation honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela, Waldhausen and Buckley will be treated to a three- course meal at the Waterfront Hotel­ in Durban, where they will be waited on by ECR presenters, while enjoying entertainment, including stand-up comedy by Darren Maule.

The Rainbow Theatre Group, which is a drama group run through the Network, will also be doing their bit for Mandela Day. They will be going to local children’s home to give their time by bringing joy to these young lives. They will de donating clothes giving food and spend time playing with these vulnerable children. - Supplied

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