Every year on April 2nd hundreds of organizations from around the world take part in World Autism Awareness Day. Land marks from Jupiter's lighthouse to Paris's Eiffel Tower will light up blue in honor of those with autisum. It is a day of celebration and merriment for families and foundations all over the globe. Unique fundraising and awareness raising events take place during this time.
One in 88 American children have a form of autism. This rate is higher than those diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and cancer combined, according to a study by the United Nations (UN). The secretary general of the UN stated that autism is not “limited to a single region or country, it is a world-wide challenge that requires global action.”
By getting involved in local events that raise awareness for autism, we can help conquer this syndrome. A great quality of Jupiter is its community involvement. Our residents and society are devoted to always improving our community. From beautiful galas, fun events, fundraisers and socials, Jupiter offers tons of opportunity to give back!
This month to raise autism awareness there will be several events in Jupiter. Tonight (April 2) at 5pm is Ernie Els’ kickoff event at the Square Grouper in Jupiter. The iconic Jupiter Lighthouse will light up blue to honor those living with autism and proceeds of the event will go to the new Center for Excellence here in Jupiter. A number of golf events are to take place this month for fundraising as well. Join in on the fun and make your own contribution to aid in the research of autism. No donation is too small! Just wearing blue today can show your effort to raise awareness!
For more information about World Autism Awareness Day, visit www.autismspeaks.org.
*Photo Courtesy of Autism Speaks and iStockphoto.com