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That's a Wrap, Says `Condom King', but dreams live on

After a lifetime of grand ambitions and major successes that have saved the lives of thousands, Mechai Viravaidya is ready to hand over the reins of his latest initiative _ a new approach to improve education and combat rural poverty _ but his passion for social betterment is unlikely to fade anytime soon

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He's been chasing dreams and turning some of them into reality for nearly four decades. And those who know him and his work well realise that Mechai Viravaidya _ known globally as Mr Condom _ will still be chasing dreams and turning them into reality for many years to come. 

But at almost 72 he admits he's no spring chicken and says he's looking for two people to take over from him. ``I'm looking for two testicles ... Oops. Let's use words like two hands or two pairs of eyes and ears ... it may be more palatable, `` said Mr Mechai, smiling sheepishly, knowing full well that his comments will draw headlines.

And his replacements don't have to be men. ``My mother was smarter than my father. My wife is smarter than I am. So my replacements can be women but you have to find another way of describing them.''

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