What a fantastic response to World Leprosy Day 2017!

World Leprosy Day happens annually around the world on the last Sunday of January. The day was initiated by philanthropist and writer, Raoul Follereau in 1954 to raise global awareness and that it can be prevented, treated and cured.

As you may know, World Leprosy Day 2017 was last Sunday - and some really great things went on and to raise awareness that leprosy still does exist today.

Read on to see what happened...

#BeatLeprosy social media takeover 
On World Leprosy Day we took to social media and encouraged as many people as we possibly could to share our #BeatLeprosy banner.
We were graced with some truly amazing selfies from our passionate supporters. Take a look!

Picture of world leprosy day selfies

These were just some of the selfies we received, others included; Corronation Street's Claire King, Channel 5, Milkshake's Amy Thompson and children's broadcaster and producer, Jamie Rickers. 

Eric Wan, supporter of our cause shares why he got involved with World Leprosy Day: 

"I got involved on social media to advocate for World Leprosy Day because I work with people affected by Leprosy. They are people deserving of human dignity just like all of us. I have seen and felt the stigma against people with leprosy, and I'm embracing activism in order to help stop that stigma."

UK
Our Community team were exceptionally busy on World Leprosy Day talking to different congregations about our cause. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who listened and made donations.

India
Our team in India arose at the crack of dawn for their sponsored Walk to Beat Leprosy.
They began at 7.30am to walk in unison with many other supporters from People’s Plaza to Lumbini Park and back.

Picture of people who took part in the walk to beat leprosy

Click here to see video footage!

Bangladesh
Our team in Bangladesh took to the capital city of Dhaka and walked the busy streets together with supporters for a Colour Rally.
To raise attention of the crowds, a loud speaker was used and supporters held World Leprosy Day banners for people see what was going on.

International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP)
Our friends at ILEP encouraged people to get involved with the Thunderclap! This was a message that was sent out from all supporters at the same time – to break through the “noise” of general news, causing greater impact and visibility.

A great response was had and in total the message reached more than 170,000 people altogether!
ILEP also tested people’s knowledge about leprosy with a quiz.

You can still take part! Click here to have a go.