In August 2006 the Senior Chaplain of the Grand Commandery of the Castello, Malta, H.E. Fr Colin Westmarland, was travelling on the London Tube during a visit to the UK. He picked up a discarded Telegraph Magazine and happened to notice an article about a remarkable young woman who was working with leprosy sufferers in India. Thus, serendipitously, began a long and fruitful relationship between the Grand Commandery of the Castello and the "Women in Need" (WIN) charity which has enabled the Order to make a real difference to lives of many individuals suffering from leprosy and other difficulties in central India. 

Leah Pattison established the Women In Need (WIN) charity. Through WIN she not only treats the discarded women of India for leprosy and AIDS, but also strives to rehabilitate them back with their husbands, children and families and into productive work after successful treatment.

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The 'Carnival of the Poor' organised by the Grand Priory of Hungary attracted a large amount of publicity for the Order in the local media and on television.

Countess Éva Nyáry DGCLJ-J Grand Prior, Albert Sigmond CLJ Chancellor of Budapest and members of the Commandery of Miskolc attended, welcoming guests from the Care Centre for the Homeless run by the Hungarian Red Cross, who hosted the event, and other homeless and needy individuals.

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On 2 February 2016, Chaplain Jenő Rákóczi of the Roman Catholic parish church of Our Lady of the Hungarians of Nyíregyháza received a truck full of  donations, sent by the Hungarian Grand Priory of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

The donations totalled 115 bags and 20 boxes, weighing almost 2000 kg. and included dresses, suits for men and women, warm blankets and shoes, children’s dresses, toys and school equipment, as well as kitchen utensils.  These will all be distributed by the clergy and nuns to needy families, elderly and homeless people.
 
A night shelter has also been set up for homeless people due to the cold weather in Nyíregyháza.

The International Hospitaller Report 2014, presented by H.E. the Chev. Dr. Axel Mittelstaedt, GCLJ is now available for download. You can find it at the following location:

https://www.st-lazarus.net/en/media-files/downloads/download/3-hospitaller/793-international-hospitaller-report-2014

 

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