Leprosy Mission members of the Timorese team managing a holistic program in the fight against leprosy, will visit Taree on September 21 to share insight into their work with the community.
For more than fifty years Taree residents have been financially supporting the fight against leprosy, and some support has gone directly to East Timor, where 37 new cases of leprosy have been identified in the first quarter of 2019.
The Taree Leprosy Mission Auxiliary is preparing for the visit of "Timor's Terrific Twosome" who will speak at a function at 2pm on Saturday, September 21 in the Presbyterian Church Hall, Albert Street, Taree.
These two visitors are known by their simplified names, Nona and Joel respectively. They represent the Timorese team managing the holistic program in their fight against leprosy. Conducting surveys, treating the disease and remaining disabilities, removing the stigma, advocating, educating, integrating - these are the challenges.
Nona and Joel will tell of the joys and sorrows of their work. Leaving Taree, they will speak in Sydney and then travel to four other states of Australia.
Nona is in her sixth year of being country leader, responsible for training others in all aspects of the program. Joel contracted leprosy as a child. Now cured, he is in charge of the project "Rights for People with Disabilities".
Also at this particular function the Auxiliary will honour their Past President and well known Taree identity Mrs Phyll Smith who will turn 90 a few days later. Afternoon tea will be "a little birthday party".
Organisers invite everyone. There is no cost but there will be a free-will offering to aid the work. A pleasant afternoon is assured.
For further details contact Margery Bonsor 6552 2610.
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