My Sister’s Keeper Foundation in collaboration with Glam Africa Magazine held a ball at the Autism Awareness and Training Centre (AACT) in Accra to raise awareness about the plight of children with autism. Autism is a highly variable neurodevelopmental disorder, which usually affects children at the early stages and poses communication and emotional challenges for them. In Ghana, autism affects approximately 1 in every 150 children.

The organisers sought to raise a targeted GHc250,000 (US$57,000) to support the cause. Funds were raised from the sale of dinner tables, auctioning of items including outfits from the Nineteen 57 by KOD clothing line, Modella B fashion. In addition, paintings from the Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre and art work from famed artist Kofi Agorsor were auctioned. A brand new vehicle provided by Svani Motors was also raffled.

The funds raised will be used to improve the lives of 50 children with autism under the care of the Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre (AACT). Part of the funds will be applied to raise much needed awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Witnessing the event were President Akufo-Addo, First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Vice President Bawumia, Mrs. Samira Bawumia, and Ms. Serwah Quaynor (Manager of AACT).

Also present were the co-founders of My Sister’s Keeper Foundation Ms. Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, Mrs. Valerie Obaze, and Ms. Edwina Akufo-Addo. Ms. Gyankroma Akufo-Addo noted that it was important to educate the public about Autism in order to stop the stigmatization usually associated with the disorder.

Credits: Enjoy Magazine