It’s Time For The Blue And You Autism Run

It’s Time For The Blue And You Autism Run:

Show your support for Autism Awareness by walking the walk on Sunday, April 28 at 8am.

The 3km, 5km walk / run and 8 km run will be taking place along the beachfront promenade, beginning at the beachfront amphitheatre.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, which affects 1 in 59 people, refers to a range of symptoms characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one type of autism but many, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 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 our 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 intervention and 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. Blue and You Autism Awareness is a registered non-profit organisation and while we wait to raise sufficient funds for the centre we have started sponsorship for families in need.

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, those who know and love someone with Autism, people with autism as well as those who support ASD.

Registration is now open at www.eventtiming.info or for any last minute registrations get to Musgrave Centre on level 2 on Saturday, April 27th between 10am – 3pm to register and collect your race numbers and race packs.

Musgrave Centre will also be providing t-shirts and race pack bags to the first 500 who sign up to do the race – so get your entry in early. There is also a competition with fabulous prizes up for grabs for entrants who make the best homemade banner or wear the best blue outfit. So, challenge your fellow team mates to go blue.

Cost to enter for the 3km and 5km is R80 and R100 for the 8km. Children under 2 years old participating are free to enter.

For more information email blueandyourun@gmail.com or call 031-837 0352.

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