The 2nd of April of every year is World Autism Awareness Day. For the past six years GTBank plans events to raise awareness about the disorder, and this year was no different.
GTBank partnered with the Cycology Club, Patricks Speech and Languages Centre, The Centre for Children Development, parents of children living with Autism and other non-governmental organizations for a walk and cycling campaign around Lagos.
The Walk for Autism kicked off by 7am from Town Planning Way bus-stop, Ilupeju while the Cycling for Autism initiative took off at 7am from The Syrian Club, Ribadu Road, Ikoyi. The campaign covered major routes in the Lagos metropolis such as the 3rd mainland bridge, Ikorodu road and Lekki Expressway.
Participants included children living with Autism (including two medal-winning Special Olympic athletes!), their parents, families, friends and GTBank staff members.
(Stay tuned for more pictures.)
This year’s programme will include the launch of the Bank’s newly designed online community as well as free consultation service for children in Ogun and Lagos States. The consultation programme in Abeokuta will hold in April, while consultation clinics in Lagos and the annual awareness conference will hold in June.
The walk and cycling campaign officially kick-start the 6th edition of GTBank’s Annual Autism Programme, which is designed to provide support for children with developmental disabilities, most especially the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), by creating awareness of the disorder and invariably acceptance.