Throughout the month of April, it was fantastic to see a number of fun fundraising activities run by the local community in celebration of Autism Awareness Month.
From arts and crafts, to morning teas and dress ups; schools, day care centres, and local businesses took time to raise awareness in their own unique way, spreading the message with the community to embrace difference and ignite change!
There were an incredible amount of people who ran fundraising and awareness events this month. Check out just some of the incredible activities and fundraisers below and feedback from the creative minds themselves!
Three times the fun!
Big W in Mandurah, held not one, not two, but three dress-up days throughout the month of April to raise awareness and funds to support people in WA with Autism. In fact, they raised an incredible $800!
“Fundraising this month went well in our store. We held three events throughout the month of April and raised far more than I was expecting as a store group. Our first event held at the beginning of April was wear rainbow day for a gold coin donation. The second event was a wear Crazy or Silly sock day and our final event for the team was a silent auction of an M&M mascot” – Chelsea – 2IC.
The store’s surprising success, and month of fun and laughter for a good cause motivated the team to plan more fundraisers in the future to embrace difference all year round!
For Worklink WA in Albany, 28th of April will be etched in their minds for days to come, as a day that was filled with lots of fun games, laughter, prizes, and of course awareness. The organisation enjoyed an amazing day of activities and a number of local businesses around them all chipped in to support the day.
“We had a successful fundraising day where we raised about $360. To start with, staff wore blue on the day; we also enjoyed getting our face painted – both old and young were face-painted; we played some games – $2 closest to the rubber duck, guess the jelly beans in the jar, and paper plane targets; we even had a raffle with winners receiving some special gifts from our amazing local businesses who gave us amazing prizes; and of course, our sweet-tooth’s enjoyed some yummy blue cupcakes. Had we known about the month earlier, we would have planned for more” – Wendy – Community Manger.
The team’s fundraiser triumph inspired them to start preparing for next year’s celebration, which they promise will be bigger and better!
Activities at Kids Corner
It was great to see the beautiful faces of the children at Kids Corner Child Care Centre in Lake Coogee, who enjoyed dressing up in blue for Autism Awareness month.
“Children and staff dressed in blue on the first day of dress blue for Autism day; children also enjoyed an opportunity to donate a gold coin for the celebration. Day two of this awareness month saw children enjoy some painting and making blue butterfly activities to celebrate the good cause. In total we raised almost $200!” – Karen – ECT Director stated.
I bet the faces of the children at Goodstart Early Learning Tapping will warm your heart too. The center took time to celebrate Autism by wearing blue for a full week as they raised money for a good cause.
It was an Easter breakfast session like no other for Transmin Pty Ltd in Malaga. The company took time to raise awareness about Autism, over a scrumptious feast and easter egg competition.
“We held a count the egg competition at our company during our Easter breakfast session. It was great to raise some money from our competition that we are happy to donate to the organisation” – Isla, Transmin Pty Ltd.
Learning about Autism Together
Onslow School held a Wear Blue for Autism day where teachers and students engaged in discussions on understanding Autism. The day was based around learning and created discussions around acceptance and inclusion in the community. One of the parents at the school, even shared an article explaining ‘What is Autism’.
Our school held a “wear blue for Autism” day on 23rd April, to purely create awareness about Autism within the community. Teachers held lessons for students and used materials supplied by the Autism Association, for which we are grateful. Parents and carers received the article written by one of our parents via our direct communication mobile app. Thank you for your support and providing us with valuable materials that we needed for the awareness cause” – Olga – Onlsow P&C Association.
Bunnings O’Connor celebrated Autism Awareness Month with a information stall one weekend to increase awareness and raise money for the Association. They also set up an information table in the lunch room for staff to learn more about Autism and make donations.
This month saw a range of groups coming together to ignite change! A HUGE thank you to each and every person who came up with creative and unique ways to create community awareness, acceptance and understanding of Autism. We are grateful to these individuals and organisations, in fact there were so many we couldn’t fit them all in one blog post! Check out our socials and news section of our website for more amazing initiatives!
If you would like to join in and become a fundraiser, you can find out more here.