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​LKCMedicine family fair raises awareness on autism

Published on: 09-Apr-2018

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What a​ day 7 April was! On that wonderful Saturday, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine organised our very first Family Fair in support of UN World Autism Awareness Day at our Clinical Sciences Building Plaza at Mandalay Road, Novena. It was held with three objectives in mind: 

  • ​To raise awareness about autism, the many agencies, interest groups and institutions set up to teach, train and care for persons with autism
  • To raise funds for a good cause and our adopted charity, St Andrew’s Autism Centre, which works with children and persons with autism on their training, wellness and care
  • To highlight our ethos while encouraging staff, faculty, students to bond, and interact with neighbouring residents and institutions

The family-themed event which saw a turnout of about 500 people was a good example of how LKCMedicine upholds humanity in Medicine and fits in well with our emphasis on mental health as an area where we want to make a difference. The Fair was held with the generous support of charity-minded vendors, LKCMedicine students, staff and partner institutions, namely the Institute of Mental Health, nurses from the National Skin Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, as well as the Fair’s adopted charity St Andrew’s Autism Centre (SAAC).

The day started off promising with a steady stream of guests. Alas, the fair took a hit when it rained cats and dogs just after lunchtime but thankfully after a full morning of fun and glory in the sun. Our popcorn and cotton candy, nasi lemak, beef nachos, freshly pressed juices, butter beer  sea salt nutella tarts and artisanal bread sold like hot cakes and kids had plenty to do with the terrariums, slime-making, comic drawing, face painting, bouncy castles and games, while mommies and daddies shopped on preloved and new books, soaps and clothes nearby. The SAAC and the Association of Diabetes Educators Health screening booths saw brisk business and the ‘live’ portrait drawing and melodious singing by children from the Madison Academy of Music were just too good. The talks and Yoga for Autism were also wonderfully experiential. All for a good cause! Till next time, our sincerest thanks to all who came to help us raise funds for and celebrate with persons with Autism.

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