World Autism Awareness Day Melbourne 2014
World Autism Awareness Day 2013
On Sunday 7 April 2013, thousands of people descended on Melbourne to show their support for the ASD community with a walk from Alexandra Gardens to Birrarung Marr.
Entertainment was provided by Hula Hoop girl, Marco the Magician and the Melbourne Costumers Guild who arrived as a range of superheroes. It was fantastic to see that everybody was wearing blue, and the sea of blue moved along Southbank, over the river and on to Birrarung Marr.
We were delighted to have MasterChef judge, George Calombaris, join us at Birrarung Marr. “I hope that being involved will help spread the message further: individuals with ASD can be helped simply by all of us being more aware of what the condition means and by showing individuals more understanding.”
We were very lucky to have Melbourne comedian and entertainer, Tom Gleisner, join us to MC for the latter part of the afternoon. Tom is renowned for his work on The Late Show, Thank God You’re Here, The Castle and Frontline and it was wonderful to have his support.
With a ban on balloons in the City of Melbourne, this year, we instead released 30 white doves to represent the struggle of individuals and families living with ASD. Talented young Melbourne singer/songwriter, Declan Sykes, counted down for the dove release and then entertained us with some of his own music.
Melbourne Jazz trio, the Dukes of Debonaire created a lovely relaxed atmosphere for the rest of the day with their laid-back jazz set, starting with the highly appropriate, “Be yourself”.
Thanks to SpringFree Trampolines, lucky winner Crystal from Altona scored her family a Springfree Trampoline valued at nearly $1000.
Pictures of the event are shown below and more can be found on our Facebook page.
Thank you to the following people and organisations for their valuable support of World Autism Awareness Day:
- George Calombaris
- Tom Gleisner
- Declan Sykes
- The Dukes of Debonaire
- Rose Ayliffe (photography)
- SpringFree Trampolines
- Federation Square
- Bunnings Warehouse (Hawthorn)
- Philips Lighting
- City of Melbourne
- Crown Casino
- Etihad Stadium
- AAMI Park
- The Arts Centre Tower and Hamer Hall
- Eureka Tower
Thank you – we couldn’t put on this event without you! Your support helps create greater awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder and in turn, a more accepting community for individuals with ASD.
World Autism Awareness Day 2012
Melbourne Event: Sunday 1 April 2012
World Autism Awareness Day was supported by thousands of people around Victoria, as well as across Australia and around the world!
In Melbourne, the 1.2km walk from Alexandra Gardens drew over 3000 people of all ages, wearing blue and carrying balloons along the riverbank. It was a great sight and even better when they were all released in Birrarung Marr.
T-shirts saying “Perfectly Different. Differently Perfect.” which sold out before the walk began.
We were delighted to have the Governor of Victoria, the Honorable Alex Chernov AC QC and Mrs Chernov attended the walk with Mrs Chernov giving a short address to the walkers before the walk.
X-Factor contestant, Declan Sykes led the walk with Ben Carbonaro and Katrina Shepherd carrying the banner.
World Autism Awareness Day 2011
On Saturday 2 April 2011, an estimated 1500 supporters joined the walk from Peanut Farm Reserve in St Kilda to the Beachcomber Cafe (event sponsors) where Minister for Mental Health, Women’s Affairs and Community Services, MP Mary Wooldridge spoke before 2000 multi-coloured balloons were released. Autism Victoria staff were supported by over 40 volunteers who assisted on the day.
World Autism Awareness Day – Fri 2 April 2010
On Friday 2 April 2010, we celebrated WAAD with a short walk from the office in Carlton to the State Library with 800 people and 1000 multi-coloured balloons representing the individuality of people on the Autism spectrum.