Walk to beat leprosy

LEPRA Society's Walk to beat leprosy 2017

On occasion of World Leprosy Day, LEPRA Society organised an event ‘Walk to Beat Leprosy’ on 29 January 2017. The event was flagged off by Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan at People’s Plaza in Necklace Road, Hyderabad.
Special guests at the inaugural included ex-India Hockey captain N Mukesh Kumar, actor Prakash Raj and NTPC Regional Executive Director VB Fadnavis and LEPRA Society’s Board Members among others.
Chairman V Rukmini Rao, in her welcome address, appreciated the presence of the Mayor as it showed Hyderabad cares for leprosy. “There is no need to fear leprosy as it is curable.” She said and urged those present at the event to spread awareness on the disease. Fadnavis appreciated presence of various personalities and youngsters at the event aimed at spreading the message to eradicate leprosy.
Actor Prakash Raj captivated the audience with a story, the moral of which was not to judge or socially exclude anyone. He emphasised on awareness as ot helps drive away fear. The actor said he was happy to get a call to attend this event. “We should take a pledge to consciously fight leprosy.” He said.
Mukesh Kumar said the presence of celebrities from politics, sports and films and from all religions proves that LEPRA had support from all of them. He underlined the fact that leprosy was curable and medicines were available free of cost.
Beneficiaries from Shantinagar Leprosy Colony in Amberpet – Mallikarjuna and Sayamma – who were also present at the event, were thankful to LEPRA Society for their support.

Date: Sunday 29 January 2017, 07.30 am
Venue: People's Plaza, Necklace Road, Hyderabad, Telangana

Leprosy continues to impact the lives of lakhs of people in India. A new case is detected every 5 minutes! People affected by leprosy suffer social exclusion, stigma and discrimination. We, at LEPRA strive to help people affected by leprosy to lead a healthy and productive life with dignity.

World Leprosy Day is observed internationally on 30th January or the Sunday closest to that date. The main purpose of this day is to increase public awareness of leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease. This particular day was actually chosen to commemorate the death of Mahatma Gandhi, who understood the importance of this disease. Anti-leprosy fortnight educates those who are ignorant about the disease and attempts to demolish the stigma associated with it.

This year the “Walk to# beatleprosy” will be held on 29 January 2017 between People's Plaza to Lumbini Park. The walk will begin at 7.30 am. We shall be joined by several eminent citizens from the twin-cities including film personalities and sports persons.

We invite you and your staff to join our walk for the cause of leprosy. This annual event helps us raise awareness about the disease, which is easily curable and non-contagious.

Please participate in the event and beatleprosy! The proceeds from the walk will be utilised for the welfare of people affected by leprosy.