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Major buildings to be illuminated blue for autism awareness  

File photo: Major buildings to be illuminated blue for autism awareness - Nicosia town hall

Buildings throughout Cyprus will be illuminated blue on Saturday to mark World Autism Awareness Day, April 2.

The Cyprus Autism Society, which operate four day centers on the island, said that it was organising a number of activities to raise awareness of the syndrome.

“April 2 is celebrated worldwide by the Light it up Blue event. Buildings and historical monuments in many countries, such as the International Space Station, the Empire State Building, the South Pole, the Eiffel Tower, Pisa, the Pyramids, the statue of Christ in Brazil, Niagara Falls etc, are illuminated in blue  to raise public awareness,” an announcement said.

In Cyprus, among the buildings that will be illuminated are the town halls of Nicosia, Limassol, Latsia, Strovolos, and Athienou, the embassy of Israel, the Supreme Court and district courts, the mediaeval castles in Limassol, Kolossi, Larnaca and Paphos, the Choirokoitia archaeological site, museums, university buildings, and private company premises.

“Autism is a syndrome, the symptoms of which are associated with serious problems in communication, social contact, interpersonal relationships and behaviour,” the announcement said. It added that lack of infrastructure and the fact that the number of people diagnosed with autism is growing rapidly make the need for public information more imperative than ever “in order to safeguard their rights, their integration into society and their future security”.

Marches will also be held at 6 pm on Saturday. In Nicosia, the march, begins and ends at the Nicosia town hall. Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis will address the event.

In Limassol it will start at the day centre operated by the Autism Society on 15 Distomou Street and end at the town hall. The event will be addressed by deputy Limassol Mayor Savvas Stouppas.

In Paphos, the march will begin at 6.30pm at the group’s day centre on 4 Evrou Street and  end at the town’s district court. Mayor Phedonas Phedonos will address the event.

A bazaar will also take place opposite the church of Panayia Angeloktisti in Kiti, Larnaca, from 9am until late in the afternoon, while a music event will be held at the Limassol marina square between 5.30pm and 8pm. The aim is to raise funds in support of the Autism Society.

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