TOMORROW (Saturday) Count Raoul Follereau, founder of the Order of Charity and known as thc "Apostle cif the Leprosy Sufferers", will celebrate his 60th birthday. This date coincides with the 30th anniversary of his first appeal on behalf of "the most pain-stricken and oppressed minority in the world". and with the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Leprosy Sufferers, which he founded in 1953.
As a birthday present Follereau asked his friends not to give the traditional cake and 60 candles. but to present him with 60 small cars . .
These cars. he said, would enable 60 new circuits to be opened for treatment in various parts of the world. thus bringing healing to more than 100.000 new patients.
Sixty cars? That wasn't enough for the friends of the "Traveller for Charity". The response was so great that nearly 100 cars have been paid for. Of these, 64 have already gone into service and are now running on bush and jungle hoicks in Africa and Asia, bringing comfort and new hope to leprosy sufferers.