Toys R Us & Babies R Us South Africa supported World Autism Awareness Day, by shining a bright light on autism as a growing global health concern.
In an effort to raise awareness, the Toys R Us TRUper’s – committed to doing more good deeds in our communities - made their way to the Golden Hours School in Durban North to celebrate with the children.
During the visit, the vibrant team not only donated a selection of stimulating educational toys and games, but also spent time quality time interacting and connecting with the students and their teachers.
“We are hugely grateful to be given the opportunity to spend quality time with the kids at Golden Hours School and understand the needs of children living with autism. “Children are core of our brand story and today we are delighted to celebrate this special day with those that matter the most,” said Nicole Jansen Van Vuuren, marketing manager Toys R Us & Babies R Us South Africa.
World Autism Awareness Day, now in its 12th year celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) around the world.
To further commemorate this day, the Toys R Us TRUper’s remain committed to raise more awareness as well as spread love, joy and laughter to the children at the school.
“This is a unique time for people to learn more about autism and we encourage everyone to take some time to understand the hurdles that people with autism face every day,” said Rowan Hornby, principal Golden Hours School.
She extended gratitude to Toys R Us South Africa for reaching out to the school.
“Our kids here are like any other children. They do have special needs but are children first. For me that is very important. They are all individual unique characters and that shines through in each one of them,” said Hornby.
She said that World Autism Awareness Day goes a step further to celebrate the unique talents of those with autism, while putting a huge focus on the warm embrace and welcome that these skills deserve through community events and awareness campaigns around the globe.
Hornby’s key message was that it is okay to be different and that people with autism are simply wired differently, that it is never okay to be a bully to someone who is different and also that all people are fearfully and wonderfully made with a unique plan and purpose in the world.