On 2 April 2019,
AAA 'Light it up Blue' for Autism
Under the patronage of
HE Violette Khairallah Safadi, Minister of State
for Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth,
Lebanon's iconic statue and Sanctuary of The Lady of Lebanon - Harissa
has been lit up in magical blue, by Bacchus Production
to mark the World Autism Awareness Day
In the presence of Father Younen Obeid, Rector of the sanctuary of our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa;
Mr Joe Rahal, advisor to Special needs affairs, to HE Gebran Bassil, Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Ms Michele Fenianos, Director of the First Lady's office;
Mr Juan Hobeiche, President of Jounieh's Municipality;
Ms Ghada Hayek Makhoul, AAA President
in the support of journalists and public figures, Ms Dalia Dagher, Ms Rima Nehme, Ms Bernadfette Houdaib, Ms Roula Abou Zeid
along with AAA Board members
with their families and friends.
Big thanks to: Bacchus Production
Maria Boustany AbiNasr
"Hisham Saba photography"
Rita Akiki for editing
for their continuous support and dedication to our cause
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On April 2016, AAA launched the first and largest National Autism Awareness campaign by joining the Worldwide Light it up Blue for Autism in lighting in blue several major ancient monuments, across the country.
The Citadels of Saida, Byblos & Tripoli
& Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary, Harissa
went blue by AAA, to spread Autism Awareness in Lebanon,
along with other monuments:
Safadi Cultural Center, Rashid Karame Int'l Fair, Chateau Rweiss and Jeita Country Club.
April 2nd is the "World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD)",
declared by the United Nations General Assembly resolution "62/139"
in 2007 as an Annual Day
to take measures to raise Awareness about people with Autism
throughout the world.
The 2017 WAAD observance is organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information and Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
The 2017 United Nations Theme
"Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination"
The 2010 United Nations Secretary General Message:
It is very important to become aware of what Autism is.