Thursday, 13 February 2020

Friends of Udayan: Australia & Kolkata

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our first ever ‘Friends of Udayan, Australia’ and the re-launch of ‘Friends of Udayan, Kolkata.’
  • Friends of Udayan, Australia – Deborah Bedford, who penned the recent biography of Udayan Founder, Father James, has been a staunch supporter of Udayan, along with her husband Paul Bedford, for many years now.  In the hope to extend more financial support from Australia and generate awareness of Udayan and Leprosy among Australian’s, they have launched Friends of Udayan, Australia and will be helping to drive Child Sponsorships from among the Sydney and wider community.  Udayan has a long history of association with Australia, thanks to Steve Waugh, and more recently, Chair Emily R Menon, and we hope that the Friends of Udayan Australia grows to become an integral spoke in our international wheel of support.
  • Friends of Udayan, Kolkata – Australian Christine Ford, who recently moved to Kolkata with her husband Andrew Ford (the new Australian Consul General, Kolkata), has offered to drive the re-launch of Friends of Udayan Kolkata with the help of existing Patron, Shamlu Dudeja, and newcomers to Kolkata David & Linda Enlers who are also from Australia.  David & Linda have been living in Chennai for the last 9 years and recently moved to Kolkata and visited Udayan on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary, along with Christine & Andrew Ford.  We look forward to growing the group and kickstarting meetings, events and activities to support the work of Udayan from within the Kolkata community.

We thank both Debbie & Christine for their enthusiasm, passion and time in supporting Udayan and helping to grow our ‘family of supporters’ both within Australia and Kolkata.

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