EDITORIAL ARTICLE SUBMITTED TO CESSNOCK ADVERTISER
The Sixth annual world Autism Awareness Day is Tuesday 2nd April 2013. Every year, Autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness raising events.
Baird Real Estates chosen charity since 2004 has been Autism raising thousands of dollars for this much needed charity. They will be holding a BBQ on 2nd April 10am – 2:00am out the front of their office. Cessnock Lions club again will be cooking up a storm. Autism merchandise will be available. Autism awareness packs have been sent to all local schools, encouraging them to join the Blue theme. A colouring in competition will be judged 5th April great cash prizes will be on offer entry sheets are available from Baird Real Estate.
Maxine Baird president of Strive For Autism a group formed in 2007 that supports families coping with Autism. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month excluding holiday’s 6:30pm -8:30pm. The support group is a great opportunity for learning, sharing ideas, hearing from professionals, discussing strategies to help deal with problems. Quite a few fundraising events happen during the year organised by Strive – all money raised is given back to our local community in the form of sponsorship- school presentation day awards- sporting events and equipment- all assisting children with ASD. A pampering evening has been organised 14th May for Parents & Carers it was a big success last year and is Free.
The annual shopping trip to Sydney outlets and shops is on 12-13th October. Both events are on the website www.striveforautism.org.au
Strive will do its part in Cessnock to promote Autism awareness and the need for understanding for kids on the spectrum.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. People with ASD have problems with social and communication skills. Many people with ASD also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to sensations. It is part of a group disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) In most cases it’s causes are unknown. Today 1 in 100 individuals diagnosed with Autism.
Money raised this year will go to Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) a not-for-profit organisation committed to helping people on the Autism Spectrum achieve their potential. Aspect builds confidence and capacity with people on the Autism Spectrum, their families and their communities.
So remember wear Blue and come along to Baird Real Estate and support Autism Awareness Day!
Strive For Autism has been busily working in and with our local community to do some amazing things. Check out the past 18 Months and all of the news and progress Maxine and the many members of the board, and our community have achieved:
Strive For Autism Support Group provided Cessnock Advertiser with a great press release on Autism Awareness:
Strive & Hunter Connect Autism Support Groups Joint Press Release for Maitland Mercury on Autism Awareness