Together with the world, Minsk landmarks will light up in blue to mark support for special people. International Autism Awareness Day will be marked on April 2. More than 20,000 buildings will turn blue on that day. Among them are the pyramids of Egypt, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and Sydney Opera House. Minsk will join in too.
12 portraits are like 12 children's dreams. The exhibition of these photos can be seen in the Velcom center building. Also, on April 2, the International Day of Awareness of autism Minsk literally decorate in blue. Thanks to Velcom company, the capital will for the first time to join the global movement. The mobile operator's logo will get color of the sky.
Vyacheslav Smirnov, Head of Corporate Communications, Velcom:
Such an experiment is justified because it becomes a loud automatically. And if someone asks, "Why did Velcom do this? Why blue light? What is autism and why is it important?", then we will know we have already achieved our goals.
The campaign "Light blue" in Minsk will start on April 2 at 8pm. Colored in blue will be the National Library, the circus, Chizhovka Arena and Minsk Arena. All in all, more than 10 of the capital buildings will be lit in blue on the second evening in April. But this is not the only event. The Park of the 900th anniversary of October Revolution will host an inclusive run, the first in Belarus. Special children and athletes will participate in it together.
The mobile operator Velcom will give prizes to everyone.
Rashed Mustafa Sarwar, representative for the UN Children's Fund in Belarus:
This is done to bring people's attention to the fact that these kids may be ordinary people, only with some limitations. And this is a worldwide practice.
Now there are about 10,000 children with autism in Belarus. They are defenseless more than anyone and for them to chat is hard work. That is why every year on April 2 the world tells everyone in blue language: "Do not remain indifferent."