On the first of May, Orphan Welfare Society Saida concluded its Autism Awareness Campaign with the fundraising Spring Autism Carnival. The carnival took place at the Mohammad Al Saudi garden and was attended by PM Bahia Hariri, Mr. Tarek Baasiri on behalf of PM Fouad Siniora, Mayor of Saida Eng. Mohammad Al Saudi, Austrian ambassador HE Marian Wrba, Miss Lebanon Sandy Tabet, the Lebanese actor Wissam Saad “Abou Talal”, Mrs. Lebanon Asia-USA Rima Irani and hundreds of Sidonian families and attendees from all over Lebanon who greatly support the cause.
The carnival boasted many children’s activities which included face painting, darts, inflatables, archery, mandala, tattooing, stamping, handcrafts as well as several artistic and live musical concerts. The day started with the Lebanese national anthem performed by students from OWS School for the Deaf, followed by a dance by OWS Communication Disorder students, another by students from the Special Needs School and one by Plie Dance Club. The audiences also enjoyed an animation show, a bicycle show, and a magic show. Soloist Anwar Bizri also gave a great performance. Students from OWS Vocational School performed a folk dance followed by a dance by the Seagull Dance Club. Nazek Korjieh, DJ Boudi, BHR band, Generation Gap and Mahmoud Moghrabi all gave spectacular shows and performances too. Artists from LAAPS organized a full day live painting symposium on the theme of autism.
Audiences also enjoyed a delicious variety of foods at the food court. Attendees visited the exhibitors’ trail that had handmade crafts and flowers and natural foods. The carnival visitors also benefitted from OWS autism awareness and information booth.
In his speech Dr Said El- Mekkaoui, President of Orphan Welfare Society, thanked everyone that participated in the campaign and commended the organization’s teamwork.
The event was streamed live on various social media platforms and enjoyed full coverage by radio presenters Tarek Abou Zeinab and Dina Attalah.
Miss Lebanon Sandy Tabet expressed her deep joy in joining this campaign saying that autism is not a disease and those who have it are gifted with many special abilities and unique skills.
Wissam Saad praised OWS’s role in Saida adding that he was extremely honored to have taken part in the event, especially since the carnival took place in this particular venue which has showed how Saidonians have succeeded in turning a garbage mountain into a beautiful garden.
It's worth mentioning that OWS launched its Autism Awareness Campaign last March with several events including:
The children from the school for autism in OWS also participated in the presidential autism event at the Presidential Palace in Baabda which was also Lit up in Blue.
The campaign was sponsored by BLOM Bank, Bank Med, FASCO, Hammoud Hospital, Kilani Group, Rai Hospital, Labib Medical Center, Samana Travel Agency, The Spot Saida, Dar Shimal, BML and IBL.
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