Celebration promotes inclusivity

2019-04-16 06:00
Nicole Henn and Anelisa Mgaleli paint their interpretation of the new Autism Western Cape logo.

Nicole Henn and Anelisa Mgaleli paint their interpretation of the new Autism Western Cape logo.

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As part of its World Autism Month commemorations, non-government organisation Autism Western Cape held a speed painting challenge on Wednesday 10 April where four volunteers were invited to paint their interpretation of the newly rebranded Autism Western Cape logo.

The Paint-a-thon was held at the South African Sendinggestig Museum in Long Street where an exhibition of art pieces by young people living with autism was held.

The event formed part of the initiative to highlight diversity and promote inclusion while bringing awareness to issues around the disorder.

The four volunteers, through their paintings, put emphasis on the growing tree logo and added diversity, acceptance and inclusivity to the work.

As the participants took the challenge to show their skills with a brush, guest speakers continued their talks.

Autism Western Cape partnered with Cell C in this first-ever Paint-a-thon where Ruth Prowes School of Art executive director Eunice Geustyn judged the final works. She expressed the magnitude and depth of the event as participants had to paint with an audience on site.

Autism Western Cape’s managing director Mduduzi Dube hoped that the exhibition and Paint-a-thon would go beyond bringing awareness to issues of autism, and also aid in efforts to assist various initiatives such as building an Early Childhood Development Centre and an adult training facility. “Autism Western Cape will continue to provide supportive, consultative and educational services to the people,” he concluded.V For more visit www.autismwesterncape.org.za

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