While we weren’t able to show our deepest appreciation towards the Autism community on April 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day, due to the initiation of the COVID-19 pandemic, now, with the help of Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC), we can finally don our blue shirts and celebrate the lives and successes of our special loved ones.
Most times, many organisations and common folk stop at simply spreading awareness towards autism without truly understanding the difficulties faced by those who have it. In reality, living with autism is much more than what the media portrays it to be.
With this new campaign called “We Are All Special” by GSC, we won’t just be experiencing a delayed World Autism Awareness Day but a World Autism Action Day, where you can donate to causes and organisations as well as speak to Autistic artists at their charity bazaar.
Kicking off the campaign, GSC will be premiering French film, The Specials, directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano (of The Intouchables fame) on 24 September as well as other titles such as Redha and The Wayang Kids. What makes these showings special is that RM1 from every RM15 ticket sold will be going to autism charities and organisations.
Watch the trailer for the film below:
For any companies, organisations and fundraisers who wish to host your own private screening of the film, you can book a hall and give back to your own autism charity of choice.
Of course, the most exciting part about this campaign is the bazaar which takes place from 27 September to 4 October as well as the exhibition of artworks by Autistic artists at Aurum Theatre, The Gardens Mall. From 11am to 6pm, visitors can explore and purchase merchandise, food and handmade trinkets by artists as well as the children and adolescents of the Autism Cafe Project.
The entry to the bazaar and exhibition is free of charge.
So, instead of just wearing a blue wristband for “solidarity”, show up to GSC’s charity event and invest actual time and resources into bettering the autism organisations in Malaysia.