Show your support for Autism Awareness by walking the walk and not just talking the talk, on Saturday, 21 April 2018 at 8am.

Adeela Haffejee, Jennifer Botha, Mariam Omarjee, Caz Collins with young Jachin Collins

The 5km walk / run and 10 km run will be taking place along the beachfront promenade, beginning at Natal Mounted Rifles on the corner of Masabalala Yengwa Avenue and Isaaih Tshangase Road.

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which affects one in 68 people, refers to a range of conditions 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 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 added!

Mariam Omarjee, the General Manager for Musgrave Shopping Centre, not only endorses the event but stated, “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”.

Register at www.eventtiming.info or get to Musgrave Shopping Centre on Saturday, April 14th between 10am – 2pm and again on Friday, April 20th between 3pm – 5pm 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 5km is R80 and the 10km is just R100. Children under 2 years participating are free to enter. For more information email [email protected] or call 031-837 0352. Register online at www.blueandyou.co.za