Asido Campus Network, University of Ibadan, held a blue bake sale on April 2, 2022, at the Alexander Brown Hall, University College Hospital, Ibadan. April 2nd being the World Autism Awareness Day, the Blue Bake Sale was organised as a means of raising funds to help support people living with autism spectrum disorder by purchasing visual learning items for them. The remainder of the proceeds will be donated to the child and adolescent psychiatry ward in the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
The event commenced at 10 AM, with Williams Owoeye, ACN Director of Media and Publicity functioning as the hypeman, rousing the attention of passers-by and ABH residents. On display were delicious cakes, parfaits, corn dogs, and Zobo drinks. Asido Foundation T-shirts were also on sale.
Colourful placards displaying hopeful and enlightening messages about Autism Spectrum Disorder were on display and present at the event were ACN executives, ambassadors, and esteemed guests.
The founder of Asido foundation, Dr. Jibril Abdulmalik, also graced the event; he helped support the cause through his financial donation.
Residents of ABH, visitors, friends, and well-wishers came around to support the cause. Some supported the event by buying the goods on sale, while others donated money. ACN ambassadors also enlightened ABH residents about Autism, and the need to support children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
During the event, attendees were interviewed to gauge their knowledge about people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They were also encouraged to share what they think about discrimination against autistic people.
When asked what they thought about the blue bake sale in general, Miss Dorcas Junaid, a 500L Nursing Student at the University of Ibadan, had this to say:
“I think this is the first of its kind in Asido, and I think it’s really wonderful because people get to buy cakes, and support people living with ASD while doing so.”
Mr. Akor Nehemiah, a 500L medical Student in U.I. said:
“I think it’s quite an interesting one; mixing fun with reaching out to people and making them more aware about ASD.”
Miss Duru Vivian, a 400L medical student in U.I. in her response, said:
“It’s a very beautiful event, and the cakes and parfaits were delicious. Also, I love the fact the event was sold out.”
When asked about what they thought with regard to stigmatisation of autistic people, Miss Dorcas Junaid said:
“ASD isn’t treatable, but it is manageable, and people shouldn’t discriminate against ASD patients as it could happen to anybody; discrimination against these people should be discouraged.”
Mr. Akor Nehemiah said:
“I think people should be more welcoming, because by showing love, we help to further reduce stigma, and other negative stereotypes about ASD patients.”
Miss Duru Vivian said:
“ I think an event like this is a good avenue to sensitise people about discrimination against autistic people. Like, it is real, discrimination against these people happens every day, and it’s not meant to be. I think ACN is really doing an amazing work sensitising people about this.”
When asked about the event, the president of Asido Campus Network, University of Ibadan, Semiloore Atere expressed her delight at the success.
“The event was the maiden student led autism awareness event in Oyo State. I am happy, extremely happy we were able to pull it off while having fun along sides”
The event got sold out by 1 pm, all thanks to the patronage of generous supporters; it was, on the whole, an upbeat, interactive, and fun-filled one.
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