Archbishop Desmond Tutu


Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Became a PATRON in 2010.

Desmond Tutu was born in Klerksdorp on the 7th October 1931. He married Nomalizo Leah Shenxane in 1955. Their four children – Trevor Thamsanqa Tutu, Theresa Thandeka Tutu, Naomi Nontombi Tutu and Mpho Andrea Tutu, studied at Waterford Kamhlaba School, in Swaziland.

Desmond Tutu was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 1997. Consequently, he became the patron of South African Prostate Cancer Foundation, which was established in 2007. Tutu is a beholder of a number of honorary degrees, earned from prestigious universities across the world.

Tutu took retirement from the position of Archbishop of Cape Town, in 1996. After a year, although he announced that he would undergo several months of treatment for prostate cancer in the United States, he continued to work for TRC. Tutu returned to United Kingdom in 2004 to serve as a visiting professor at King’s College. In the present time, although he is still suffering from cancer, he travels extensively across different places and works for fair causes, in and out of his country.

Desmond Tutu’s extensive efforts to support noble causes have fetched him a number of prestigious awards. Tutu was awarded the highly coveted Noble Peace Prize in 1984, for his contribution towards resolving the issue of apartheid. Three years later, he was awarded the ‘Pacem in Terris’ Award.

Tutu was entitled to the “Sydney Peace Prize”.

1992 and 1999:
– “Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award”.

– “Gandhi Peace Prize”.

– “The Lincoln Leadership Prize”.