AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
HERNE Bay’s clock tower joined some of the world’s most famous landmarks — including the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls and the Great Pyramids of Egypt — by turning blue for autism awareness. The clock tower was bathed in blue light on Thursday, April 2, as part of the Light it Up Blue campaign for World Autism Awareness Day. Heather Hall, who worked on the international campaign in the area, said:
“My son has autism and I’m honoured that the Friends of the Clock Tower agreed to join in with the campaign.”
More than 16,000 buildings went blue to help shine a light on the autism community over the course of the evening. The co-founder of Autism Speaks, the charity that coordinates Light it Up Blue, said the global campaign had been “sensational”.
“We had 9,000 buildings take part last year. This time we have 16,000, and 9,000 of those are private homes, all over the world. We’ve increased the awareness level since we started 10 years ago, by 50 per cent, especially among young adults.”
Herne Bay Times, April 15th 2015