Monday 28 January 2013

World Leprosy Day 2013

During yesterday's Audience in St Peter's Square Pope Benedict said:

"We celebrate today the 60th World Leprosy Day. I express my closeness to the people who suffer from this disease and I encourage researchers, health workers and volunteers, especially those who are part of Catholic organisations and the Association 'Amici di Raoul Follereau'. I entreat the spiritual intercession of St Damian Veuster and St Marianne Cope, who gave their lives for leprosy patients."

Sponsored Walk
 Members & friends of the Grand Priory took part in a Sponsored Walk to raise money for SUROL, the Sri Lankan Leprosy Charity supported by the Grand Priory. Walks took place in various places including Clydebank, Carfin, Derbyshire, Stockport, Wallasey, and Malta!

The largest walk took place in Lancashire where 18 friends & a dog walked through Cuerden Valley where the previous day's snow had mostly melted away and the sun had come out. Some of the ponds were still frozen and the younger walkers found a fascination in finding images in the ice - having been pulled back from its edge after confidently asserting, "Oh yes, it's thick enough to walk on!" Walkers were welcomed back by those who were unable to walk by hot soup and plenty of other food and beer!

Thanks to everyone who took part or sponsored us. If you would like to support our fundraising efforts please contact us.

Lancashire Walkers
The discovery of a heart shape in the ice (honestly!)

And a bird -
- and the ice is apparently cold to hold without gloves on!