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Opinions of Thursday, 2 December 2010

Columnist: Aglanu, Ernest Dela

Love Your World 5,000 – A Hand To The Autistic

Autism is definitely not something that rings a bell in the ears of many Ghanaians but research has shown that one child is diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes across the world.

Autism is a developmental disability that comes from a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain. It is characterised by the abnormal development of communication skills, social skills and reasoning.

The research further states that males are affected four times as often as females and children may appear normal until around the age of 30 months.

Ii is in the light of this worrying trend that PlanIt Ghana, an event organising outfit, is organising Love Your World 5,000, a networking and social event aimed at raising funds for The Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre in Ghana.

The event billed to be an annual event will be held at the Citizen Kofi Entertainment Centre Friday, December 3rd.

The charity night will witness some exciting live indigenous African jazz musical performances from Paulina Oduro, Ofie Kudjoe, Fritz and Sherita, a surprise act from Germany.

World renowned music star, Prince Mydas who has worked with the likes of Shaggy is also headlined to perform at the event.

The night will not only be about music, guests will also be treated to a well choreographed fashion show and full spa treatments.

Gloria Buckman Yankson of PlantIt Ghana in an interview with myjoyonline.com on Tuesday said the event is part of her outfit’s corporate social responsibility and in the light of the growing neglect of this serious disorder; it is prudent to bring to bear this neglect.

“This is a PlantIt Ghana event initiated to give back to the less privileged ones. It is a charity networking event for people who have made it to give a little back to people who need it. By just buying a ticket and being there every guest will be helping us raise funds for this cause. This event is aimed at raising funds to help financially and also create awareness on autism. We want to create the awareness that autism is not witchcraft and also let people know that autism exists here in Ghana.”

She added that it is rather unfortunate that less attention is being given to autism in Ghana and hopes that this event will be able to raise funds to equip the Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre and also support its activities.

Gloria revealed that, Love Your World 5,000 hopes to reach and touch 5,000 lives over the next five years through awareness and empowerment drives as well as financial aid.

Credit: Ernest Dela Aglanu