Love, respect and joy as Desmond Tutu celebrates his 88th birthday
Much love, respect and admiration was on display for Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he celebrated his 88th birthday last week.
The occasion coincided with the 9th Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture given by Zimbabwean born philanthropist ands technopreneur Strive Masiyiwa at Caper Town City Hall.
The subject was Tackling Corruption in the Public and Private Sectors – Restoring Citizen Trust Locally and Globally. It was a subject close to the heart of the veteran Nobel Peace Laureate.
Indeed the International Peace Lecture is an annual opportunity to take stock of issues critical to the sustainability of our species and our planet.
It is designed to stimulate engagement and translate into action the vision and values of Archbishop and his wife Leah who also celebrated her birthday this week. A rousing chorus of Happy Birthday to You was sung for both of them.
Clearly delighted the couple issued a message from the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation which said: "My dear sisters and brothers. Thank you, so many of you, for remembering an old man’s birthday yesterday. How fortunate I am to be sustained by your love, and by my love for you. The Arch #XXX”
Among those present was the chair of the Tutu Foundation UK Clive Conway who had visited the Tutu’s for lunch at their retirement home north of Cape Town.
He said: “Before lunch The Archbishop and I sat next to each other at a service of Holy Communion and prayer in a beautiful chapel nearby. It was a joyous occasion altogether and Desmond and Leah were on good form with much laughter taking place.”