Ooredoo has announced that it is the official communications sponsor of a series of events commemorating World Autism Awareness Day.
In collaboration with Best Buddies Qatar and Qatar Institute for Speech and Hearing (QISH), three fun events were organised around Doha to mark the occasion, which falls on April 2 every year.
The first, which took place on Monday, was a science-based event for children aged 7-14 years, led by experienced scientists from Qatar-based organisation Science Made Fun.
The event allowed them to explore science in a safe yet fun environment. The hands-on science programme saw children undertake a series of practical experiments that taught them about the science that surrounds them every day in their natural environment, including the ocean, composition of the earth, volcanoes and more. At the event, Ooredoo gave away MyKi watches for all kids with autism, for their safety.
The second event on the calendar was the lighting up of Ooredoo’s headquarters in West Bay with a blue projection light yesterday, along with other buildings on the Doha Corniche. To wrap up the occasion, QISH will host a walkathon to spread awareness of this special day in collaboration with Ooredoo. The event will have a dedicated play area suitable for children with autism.
World Autism Awareness Day aims to highlight the hurdles people living with autism — and those living with them — face on a daily basis, to increase awareness and understanding of the condition. Best Buddies focuses on ensuring social inclusion for people with different or additional needs, including those with autism, through organising events and programmes throughout the year. Manar Khalifa al-Muraikhi, director of PR and Corporate Communications at Ooredoo, said of the events: “At Ooredoo, we’re completely committed to supporting events that promote understanding, inclusion and cohesion, as part of our corporate social responsibility strategy.
Acting as the telecommunications sponsor of these worthwhile events is the perfect way for us to provide practical support to our community here in Doha.” More information on World Autism Awareness Day can be found at autismspeaks.org, about Best Buddies Qatar at bestbuddies.org.qa and about QISH at www.qish.info.
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