Raising for the roof

2015-05-05 06:00

The Holy Spirit is not the only thing raining down in St George’s Cathedral.

The icon church has launched an international campaign to raise funds to fix the roof, which will not last another winter,”.

The roof has been repaired over the years, but is now in need of replacing.

The cathedral community has raised funds through a range of initiatives, including the Raise the Roof Concerts and the Association of the Friends of St. George’s Cathedral.

But as the church now needs to raise R25m to save the roof, the named the “Under One Roof campaign, and is calling on both the local and international community to donate roof tiles at R125.

“Our doors are open to all, unfortunately so is the roof,” the church says on the campaign’s website.

“Although St George’s Cathedral has weathered the turbulence of depressions, recessions, three wars and the struggle for freedom, her roof won’t last another winter.”

The cathedral is not only the spiritual home of Emeritus Desmond Tutu, but is also the rallying point of the inter-faith democratic movement which helped shape South Africa’s miracle transition from oppression to freedom.

Under this roof, after leading a protest march of 30 000 people through the streets of Cape Town in 1989, Archbishop Desmond Tutu first coined the phrase “Rainbow Nation”.

“While the passing years have enhanced the reputation of the cathedral across the world, they have taken their toll on the vast area of tiled roof. Now the cathedral looks to its faithful the world over for protection from above,” the website says.

Known as ‘The People’s Cathedral’ for its role in the resistance against apartheid, St. George’s Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town

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