Light It Up Blue

Sunday afternoon saw us venture out of the comfort of our home to be a part of Light It Up Blue for Autism.

The sea of blue that greeted us as we arrived at Civic Park in Newcastle was inspiring and truly breathtaking!

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We joined in a celebration of awareness with other families living with autism everyday. We caught up with some old friends, teachers and therapists. In fact, it seemed to bother Gilbert that we met more of his ex-teachers than his ex-classmates!

There was a jumping castle, martial arts demonstrations, bubbles, finger painting, hair spraying, food and a stage to keep everyone entertained. The girls LOVED getting their finger nails painted different shades of blue!

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We didn’t end up staying very long as Gilbert had been a reluctant attendee in the first place and was disturbed by the noise of the music coming from the stage. But I was proud that he allowed us to stay for nearly an hour to lend our support to the cause – that was a huge effort for him.

While it was unfortunate that we didn’t get to witness several iconic Newcastle landmarks being lit up blue, we did get to enjoy the wonderful sight of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley autism community coming together as one.

To me, that was indeed an even more awesome sight to behold!

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12 Responses

  1. What a great community gathering. It is so important to get together to raise awareness and support each other. I adore the nails being painted blue – I think I would have waited my turn in line for that!
    Josefa from #teamIBOT
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  2. Trish says:

    A great community show of support.I’d love blue nails.
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  3. Zita says:

    What an amazing event to help bring awareness to what I think is a largely misunderstood condition. I admire you and your family and Gilbert and wish you all the happiness and success. Thanks for sharing your stories..

  4. Lisa says:

    What a wonderful cause!Good on Gilbert for going in the first place..some of those events can be pretty full on with the crowds and noise.
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  5. Me says:

    It sounds like it is such a great community. Good for you for supporting it even if you didn’t get to stay the whole time. Well done to Gilbert on staying as long as he did.
    Have the best week ahead !
    Me
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  6. Annie says:

    Wow that looked amazing with all that blue, all that support! Your pictures have blown me away, actually my ‘what makes me cry’ confession is, those puppy dogs ads with the toilet rolls and the photos you took of this awareness,that makes me cry. Thank you they have really blown me away! Xo
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  7. These events are so important to raise awareness, great to see so much support for the ‘blue’ cause. xxx
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  8. Great awareness – I’d not heard of it before but it looks great fun! And blue nails, even better!

  9. That’s awesome that the whole community gets behind it like that. We haven’t had any blue landmarks here (that I’ve seen anyway), but there has been a huge amount of community support.
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  10. Robomum says:

    Congratulations Newcastle! What an awesome initiative. This sounds like so much fun!
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  11. Aww Kirst that is so awesome to see! Love that you had a great day. You are a truly fantastic mumma!
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  12. Wow, what an amazing event. That is so great that the community got together for such an important cause. Glad you managed to enjoy it.
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