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Bill Edgar - TLM Hero

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Bill grew up in a home that was committed to TLM through the work of his father, Bob Edgar who was the former Secretary for TLM Australia.

After a successful career in business, Bill was appointed as Secretary for TLM Australia, following in the footsteps of his father. In his time as Secretary, Bill committed to caring for Aboriginal communities that were affected by leprosy; whilst the government was providing medical care, Bill saw that TLM needed to provide for the social and spiritual needs of persons affected by leprosy in Australia. He served in this role from 1977-1980.

After serving as Secretary of TLMA, Bill moved to TLM's International Office, where his big picture perspectives and open-hearted approach made him a valuable colleague. From 1980-1985 he was the International Communications Director and from 1985-1992 he was the International General Director. In 1992, as TLM General Director, Bill became President of ILEP. Sadly within a few months he died from cancer – a great shock to TLM and the leprosy world, and the end of 50 years’ involvement. Bill’s wife Mary, a trained microbiologist, was by Bill’s side throughout his career. Mary continues her support of The Leprosy Mission Australia today.