Saturday, April 2, 2011

World Autism Awareness Day in Melbourne 2011

So.
I'm sitting here after the march organised by Autism Victoria to celebrate and highlight World Autism Awareness Day, happy that the meds have kicked in for the back pain (kicking myself for not remembering to take extras for the march but I survived and made it to the end) and thinking back over this marvellous day there are a few things that spring to mind.
1. Autism Victoria do a fucking great job.
2.Thank you to the police who were out in force making sure we all crossed the roads safely (and who even tied a balloon to their car aerial).
3. There were a shedload more people this year than last - easily 2 or three times as many - which added to everyone's feeling of camaraderie, smiles all around, strangers talking openly with each other like long lost friends, a real communal feeling of pride in the support of numbers.
4.Well done and a big pat on the back to Beachcomber Cafe for sponsoring the sausage sizzle.

The Autism Awareness Day march is not like the usual street march...it is nothing like a protest rally - there is no yelling or chanting - nor is it like the ANZAC Day march - there are no pipe/brass bands, no banners, no aeroplane fly overs...it is an oh-so-quiet walk of families simply chatting to each other, holding multicoloured biodegradable helium balloons on biodegradable strings enjoying the walk that is a grass roots almost-silent support of each other on a path many would turn tail and run from if they ever had a choice.
We stood shoulder to shoulder, listened and applauded the speakers , both political animals and those of the norm, then we got the count down for the magical moment; to release our balloons en masse.
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Released!
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Going...
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Almost gone...

8 comments:

peskypixies said...

sounds like a wonderful time was had by all.

Cheryl D. said...

So glad you had a great time!

The Elephant's Child said...

I came to you via CopperWitch and am so glad I did. Love the balloons and the concept of families sharing something that as you say, all of us would run a mile from given our druthers.

Adelaide Dupont said...

That was a magical session!

River said...

I had this date writen in my diary and thought of you off and on through the morning.
I'm glad you got to walk, now put your feet up and get a hot water bottle against your back.
Love the balloons.

Beet said...

Looks like an awesome time was had!

Ben Carbonaro said...

I was at this event as a volunteer where I led the procession as a banner carrier.

Also helped out a bit with the sausage sizzle a bit later on and was pleased to see so many happy faces.

I've got Asperger Syndrome myself and met so many new as well as interesting people.

Cheers
Ben Carbonaro

Nikki aka Widdle Shamrock said...

It sounds like a great day. I love balloon releases.