Your Present, Their Future In the 95 years since our founding we have helped millions of people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases such as leprosy. There is now a cure for leprosy, however, there is more work to be done as prejudice, discrimination and lack of healthcare and resources mean not everyone can receive this in time to prevent disabilities. Everyday 600 people are diagnosed with leprosy, at least 50 of them will be children. There are over 3 million people across the world living undiagnosed with leprosy, and each day the disease causes more damage to their health, livelihoods and future. A further 4 million people are living with a disability caused by leprosy and the prejudice, discrimination and poverty this brings. Your present The 31st January 2019 will be the 95th anniversary of Lepra's inauguration and our vision is to reach a day when leprosy no longer destroys lives. We would like to offer you the opportunity to help us make this vision a reality. You can get involved by donating your birthday or a special event to Lepra in 2019. How to get involved Getting involved online or offline is easy: Set up a Facebook fundraiser today - learn how here Start your own online giving page through JustGiving where people can donate in lieu of gifts on your birthday or special occasion Or Ask friends and family to donate to Lepra directly either by calling 01206 216700, or sending a cheque to Lepra, 28 Middleborough, CT1 1TG Caithi has already started her Facebook fundraiser and had this to say - "I have been aware of your charity for a long time but know that a lot of people don't realise that this disease still affects so many people. I was happy to use the occasion of my birthday to raise funds for Lepra as I know you are a charity that has decades of expertise and experience and the money would be put to good use - I also hoped it might raise awareness". Challenge 95 Recently our Marketing, Communication and Fundraising Assistant James Byfield challenged himself to run 95 miles in a single week to coincide with our 95th anniversary. Over the course of 7 days James spent 21 hours and 25 minutes running, including running at 4am in the morning with snow. Why not challenge yourself to do 95 of something you find challenging? Read our fundraising guide for inspiration. If you would like to make a fundraising challenge please contact [email protected] and we can provide you with support. Their future £9.50 can pay for the travel costs of someone in a remote area travelling for diagnosis and treatment. Many in poverty won't have easy access to a healthcare facility and might have to travel to a different town or city to get the treatment they desperately need. These journeys can take days for a person to return to their home, and the potential loss of income deters people from seeking help due to poverty. This increases the likelihood of a person affected by leprosy gaining a life changing disability as they aren't treated before the disease causes nerve damage. £60 can fund educational support for a child living in a leprosy colony. Many children like Gulabsha were unable to continue studying as a result of the disease as they were discriminated against, your present can provide children like Gulabsha a brighter future with more opportunities. £266 can fund a medical officer for 1 month to diagnose and treat a person affected by leprosy or lymphatic filariasis. The earlier a person is diagnosed with leprosy, the less likely they are to suffer from a life-changing disability. Donating your birthday gift to people affected by leprosy can provide them with a future free from prejudice, discrimination and poverty. Your present, their future We will beat leprosy together, thank you.