Raising Autism awareness through ‘blue and you’

Adeela Haffejee, Mariam Omarjee and Caz Collins with young Jachin Collins show their full support for the upcoming Blue and You’ Autism Run/ Walk.

In a truly brilliant bid to raise much-needed Autism awareness throughout the community of Durban, the ‘Blue and You’ Autism Run/ Walk will once again take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 8am along the beachfront promenade beginning at Natal Mounted Rifles on the corner of Masabalala Yengwa Avenue and Isaaih Tshangase Road.

Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between two and three years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months.

Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier.The objective of this fun run / walk is to promote awareness of those with ASD who are part of families and communities and drive the message to promote inclusion in schools as well as access to services for those with ASD.

Currently, treatment for those with ASD is not covered by any South African medical aids, resulting in those without the financial resources not receiving assistance for the treatment for their children.The overall vision is to develop a community therapy centre that is self-sufficient and will go on to providing therapy for those in the low income sector.

Funds raised at the fun walk run will go towards creating this therapy centre so this is your opportunity to get up off your couch and support a worthy cause.

The race is open to everyone, including people with autism or those who know and love someone with Autism as well as those who support ASD.Caz Collins, the director of Breakthrough Interventions SA said, “I am thrilled to have Musgrave Shopping Centre’s support as a major sponsor, who are on board to ensure our event is a success, but also creating awareness of Autism. Their support is truly appreciated,” she said.

Mariam Omarjee, the general manager for Musgrave Shopping Centre said, “We are proud as a centre together with our tenants that we have been part of this initiative since inception and will continue to lend our support in this movement for many years to come.”

For more information regarding the event and its requirements, email [email protected] or call 031 837 0352. Register online at www.blueandyou.co.za

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