Wales’ leading provider of education and care for people with autism has joined forces with a Cardiff-based charity to host a star-studded comedy gala marking the 9th World Autism Awareness Day with a five-figure fundraising goal.
Orbis Group is an award-winning provider of specialist services for children, young people and adults with complex needs associated with autism; a spectrum condition often characterised by complex sensory, social and communication difficulties. Following a string of new facilities opening across Wales over the past 18 months, the organisation is now throwing its support behind Cardiff-based charity, Autism Puzzles.
The charity, which is entirely self-funded, works to support hundreds of children and parents living with autism and aims to end stigma around the condition while providing families with the skills and support they need on a day-to-day basis.
Together, Orbis Group and Autism Puzzles will host a gala dinner followed by a comedy show and after-party in a bid to raise £10,000 to allow the charity to continue providing families affected by autism with essential training and support.
Orbis Group comprises of specialist schools, residential homes, respite services and a unique work skills centre offering flexible, family friendly services that support the education, care and clinical needs of individuals.
The comedy gala dinner will take place at the Holiday Inn, in Tongwynlais on Saturday 1st April, where guests will be treated to welcome drinks, a four-course meal, and a professional comedy show to be headlined by Swansea stand-up legend Noel James. In support will be BBC New Comedy Award Winner Jethro Bradley and Baglan-based Calum Stewart, with the night hosted by Col Howarth.
Mike Currier, CEO of Orbis Group said:
“For individuals with autism and their friends and loved ones, the condition is something that affects their lives 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. It’s the aim of Orbis Group to make sure children and young people with autism feel valued, safe, and happy, and are able to reach their fullest potential in life, so we work tirelessly to support young people and their families every day.
“It’s been a privilege to work with Autism Puzzles and I’m confident the event will be a roaring success.”
Orbis Group launched its own campaign, the ‘Awesome! Super! Clever!’ initiative in 2015 to raise awareness of the diverse ways in which autism affects children and adults, and what can be done to support those with the condition.
Karen Sullivan, founder of Autism Puzzles said:
“In the six years Autism Puzzles has been operating, we have been able to achieve so much and make real positive differences to individuals and families affected by autism. We want to carry on this good work, and the money we raise through this event will enable us to continue to provide children and families with essential training, workshops and support that they need to be a part of the everyday community.”
Tickets and sponsorships are still available at www.autismpuzzles.org.uk
To find out more about Orbis Education and Care visit www.orbis-group.co.uk