At the start of World Autism Month, The Marigold Foundation joins the rest of the international autism community by symbolically lighting up blue one of the highest points in Malta and certainly one of the most iconic, the Mdina Bastions.
This year’s ‘lighting up’ event has an even deeper meaning since, apart from raising awareness on autism, it also expresses solidarity for the additional challenges that families on the spectrum have to endure while coping with social distancing and self isolation, which are necessary to contain Covid-19.
For a lot of people on the spectrum, having to stay within confined spaces for a prolonged period is a bigger challenge than most other people. These necessary steps lead to additional anxiety and stress for families where autism is part of daily life.
Working hand in hand with the Autism Parents Association, The Marigold Foundation is expressing solidarity with all the families going through this challenging period and calls on society in general to be more supportive and understanding during this time.
The annual symbolic gathering at Mdina Gate has this year been cancelled but the Foundation is committed to continue to raise awareness and help NGOs working in this field of autism throughout the year.
On this very particular April, The Marigold Foundation dedicates this blue light also to the ongoing work of all healthcare professionals, doctors and nurses, security forces and all the people at the Public Cleansing Department for making our country a safer place.
The Marigold Foundation chairperson, Michelle Muscat, is Global Ambassador of Autism Speaks, a US based global advocacy group on the subject.
If you would like to donate to help spread more awareness on autism and help more families who have members on the spectrum you can do so as follows:
- Calling +356 5170 2052 to donate €15
- Calling +356 5180 2053 to donate €25
- Sending an SMS to +356 5061 9238 to donate €11.65
- Or BOV mobile pay, +356 9991 2373 to donate any amount
During these times the blue light is also expressing gratitude to the ongoing work of our heroes, all healthcare professionals, doctors and nurses, security forces and all the people at the Cleansing Department for making our country a safer place.
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