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Mike Cuthbert's blog
It is with great sadness that the YMCA National office recently learnt of the passing away of John Stadler (86) on 4th January 2013. John was a great YMCA leader in PE and for many years served on the National Executive Committee. He was instrumental in establishing the PE YMCA as a leading organisation in the Eastern Cape. Under John's leadership, the PE YMCA was for many years a beacon of stability and a leading local YMCA in the SA movement. He inspired many of the current staff and volunteers in the movement with his passion for young peoples lives and his impartiality.
A graduation ceremony was recently organised by staff and volunteers of the Y-Justice programme run by the Greater Durban YMCA at Westville prison in Durban. It was a privilege to witness the transformation of young women's lives through the Life Skills for Offenders programme. All the prison officials praised the programme and asked why the YMCA was not running it in other prisons. Unfortunately, being a prison, no photos were allowed. 14 women graduated from the programme but only 7 were present at the ceremony due to unforseen circumstances.