Charity Concert for AfA

Since 1989 the 2nd of April has been celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day, being confirmed by an official resolution of the UN General Assembly in 2008. That the International Children’s Book Day falls on the same day is more than an omen: what we are pursuing more than anything is access to education for our differently developed children. In Laos, we will be celebrating the day this year a little early but all the more intensely. Our actions are focused on Friday, 29 March. Early in the morning we will set out on a ”Walk for Autism”. This will start and finish at the Lao National Culture Hall in the capital Vientiane (meet-up at 6.30 a.m.). For the whole day an exhibition of our activities will be on display in the lobby of the National Culture Hall. AfA and other disabled peoples organizations will be offering souvenirs and self-made products for sale. At 7 p.m. our benefit concert will start; many well-known Laotian artists have already agreed to participate. Our kids too will switch from VAC garden to the big stage. Lao Star TV will broadcast the concert live. Tickets will be available for sale in advance and at the door.
We are particularly pleased to organize this year’s events together with the Lao Business Women’s Association, the Lao Journalists Association and the Lao Handicraft Association which will also be inviting a number of guests. The financing of this year´s event will be supported by a joint project of AfA and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) from the USA.
We have strong hopes that this day will play a key role in making Autism more known in Laos. Needless to say, we are also hoping for a financial success of the events on 29 March. The AfA Board has decided to put 70% of the proceeds towards the scholarship fund which supports access to education for autistic children from low-income families. 20% of the proceeds will be exclusively used for the qualification of teaching personnel and 10% will be assigned to the AfA office to cover current expenses.
Our next newsletter will include an extensive report on the events of the day.

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