Working together with supporters, staff and partners, TLM Australia not only provides a cure to people affected by leprosy, but also gives hope and dignity so they can transform their lives.
TLM has been involved in Australia since 1913 when the Mission’s founder, Wellesley Bailey, visited and formed a local support ‘chapter’. Australia has grown to be one of TLM’s leading contributors to leprosy programmes, through financial support, prayer, and recruitment of many people, over the years, to serve the Mission overseas. TLM Australia has also been successful in maintaining a major flow of Government funds for TLM’s projects. In total, TLM Australia contributed £1.2 million in 2015 to help people affected by leprosy in six partner countries: Nepal, Timor Leste, Nigeria, India, Thailand and Papua New Guinea. Their country leader is Sheldon Rankin.
TLM’s primary role in Australia is to continue to build support and to connect people to projects. The close relationship with the six partner countries enables regular updates to supporters who get a clear understanding of the projects’ progress and are encouraged to give their time, prayers and donations. Innovative programmes include a National Prayer Weekend, inspiring Nepal Treks raising funds for leprosy, and ‘Cuppa for a Cure’ events, where supporters host a morning or afternoon tea to raise funds and awareness of leprosy.