On 2 April 2019, AAA 'Light it up Blue' for Autism campaign at Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary, Harissa to spread Autism Awareness in Lebanon.
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,
for the third time, to mark the World Autism Awareness Day
by the AAA - Autism Awareness Association Lebanon
With the presence of Representative of HE Gebran Bassil,
Minister of Foreign and Emigrants' Affairs advisor to Special needs affairs,
Mr Joe Rahal ; Father Younen Obeid, Rector of the sanctuary of our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa; Ms Michele Fenianos, Director of the First Lady's office; Mr Juan Hobeiche, President of Jounieh's Municipality; Mrs Ghada Hayek Makhoul, President of AAA
along with the members of the association
and their families and friends.
Big thanks to Bacchus Production for his continuous support and dedication to our cause.
Photo Credit "Hisham Saba photography"
Rita Akiki for editing
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.
On the eve of April 2016, AAA launched the largest Autism Awareness campaign in Lebanon by joining the International 'Light it up Blue' for Autism campaign across Lebanon and lighting in blue several major ancient monuments, from the South to the North of Lebanon.
For the first time in Lebanon, The Citadels of Saida, Byblos & Tripoli and Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary, Harissa went blue by AAA, to spread Autism Awareness in Lebanon, along with several Lebanese monuments: Safadi Cultural Center, Rashid Karame Int'l Fair, Chateau Rweiss and Jeita Country Club.
Watch it on LBC Live News with Miss Lebanon 2015, Valerie Abou-Chacra: https://youtu.be/s3DxcgBBLW4