Buildings in Minsk in the evening of April 2 turned blue. The new lighting is a sign of support for people with autism. The Belarusian capital will for the first time join the global movement. On the same day, there was held a race in support of special children. The initiative was supported by professionals and amateurs.
Music, dancing, good weather and, of course, sport - this was the way Minsk residents April 2 marked World Autism Awareness Day near Chizhovka Arena. Among the participants of Autism Awareness Run were athletes and amateurs. Taking part in the run were even autistic children of different ages.
Arseny Talyuk, member of the race:
I love sport, I believe that we need such events. One of my school friends and two girls are also taking part. They also warming up and run. And they say that it becomes warmer. Running brings warmth!
Organizers say the race is inclusive. This means that everyone can take part.
Vyacheslav Smirnov, organizer of the race:
Earlier these days were not marked that widely in Belarus. But these kids are the same as ours. They deserve absolutely equal treatment, equal rights. The main thing is to make them understand that they are capable of it. For this, we are holding the race.
All in all, about 400 people ran. The audience numbers was even higher. The winners received commemorative medals. This marathon - along with the City Day races - may become annual in the future.