Amar Timalsina from Nepal was diagnosed with leprosy as a child and was rejected by family, friends, and his community.
Now, after successful treatment. Amar is president of IDEA Nepal, an organisation of people affected by leprosy, a director on the board of The Leprosy Mission International and is on the advisory panel for ILEP (the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations).
Amar is currently visiting Australia for World Leprosy Sunday and will be giving talks in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Gloucester and Taree.
He will speak about stigma and the wide-ranging effects of leprosy on many people, not only those with the disease, and tell how he was cured and how he became a school principal.
He is now an advocate for those affected by leprosy. In The Leprosy Mission he holds a unique position as a director – the first who has previously suffered the disease and can speak from the viewpoint of the sufferer.
There is a growing awareness in this area of the need overseas since Dr Colin Martin of Gloucester has become the Chairman of The Leprosy Mission Australia.
Last year the Taree Auxiliary was able to send $7000 overseas for small projects. Our members are grateful to Dr Martin and his wife, Sally, for bringing Amar to share his experiences with a Taree audience.
Amar will present his talk at a coffee and dessert evening at the Baptist Centre, Kolodong Road, Taree, on Tuesday February 13. Arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Merchandise will be on sale and there will be a freewill offering. Everyone is welcome.
For more information call Margery Bonsor on 6552 2610.