KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday April 17, 2015 – April is Global Autism Awareness Month. This year the Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation (MCADF) will be enacting its second fundraising effort in New York City in partnership with Zingflash Films, and this event is being supported by the New York State Senator, Kevin Parker.
The Foundation is marking its seventh year of existence on April 26, 2015, and as an NGO it is still struggling to help individuals who are affected with Autism and other disabilities in the Caribbean. Autism is a mental condition present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts, it affects people of all racial, ethnic and socio-economic background, although boys are generally affected at four times the rate of girls.
The event is being sponsored by Zingflash Films, a company owned by Jamaicans who reside in the U.S.A. The fundraiser is slated for April 26, 2015 in New York City. The Zingflash Films members heard of MCADF and its noteworthy support and have dedicated their interest to form a lifelong alliance between the two entities – to enable the MCADF to extend its help to individuals who are affected by Autism in Jamaica and in the Caribbean.
According to Maia Chung, “the fundraiser we have planned – is in effort of MCADF continuing our work to help Jamaicans, and individuals in the Caribbean and around the world who is being affected by Autism”. Patrons can buy tickets by clicking on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dining-to-donate-for-autism-aw.
In addition MCADF and Zingflash Films have established a “Go Fund Me” link to sustain the MCADF’s activities on a long-term. MCADF has been experiencing difficulties to garner donations, because of the harsh economic climate in Jamaica, according to Chung “it’s almost impossible for donors to support our ongoing projects, several of the Foundation’s donors have been victims of the unstable economy in Jamaica, and cannot assist us as much as they once did or would want to”.
The members of the Zingflash Films will be in Jamaica April 11-18, 2015, to publicize their inaugural staging of “Dining to Donate” for Autism in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The Business Relations Manager of the Zingflash Films, Dwayne Morgan has indicated that his team has chosen this as a primary way of giving back to Jamaica and the Caribbean.
The movement was sparked by one of the Zingflash Film members whose two children are Autistic. The event will be the first of an annual partnership between the two entities and in addition to raising funds for the pivotal issue of Autism, a neurological brain disorder that is rising in prevalence amongst the world’s populations in the U.S.A., as well as the Caribbean region.
Thus far US corporate sponsors Apple Bees, Clothiers Parish Nation and the Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill have come on board as sponsors, and also the The Zingflash Films has produced a short film on Autism and its effects on families, which will be screened at the “Dining to Donate” event.
The Zing Flash Films LLC is an American based film company which specializes in making short films, music videos and full length films. The Zingflash Films team also specializes in event filming and event hosting. Chung has indicated that the fundraiser is a highly anticipated life line.
The MCADF had to cut its Autism sensitization program for youth Autism Ambassadors Competition, due to inadequate funds to help with parents who need allocations for school fees, medicines, therapies, diagnostics and purchasing of resources for the Jamaican Autism Information Kiosk located in Kingston, and also the next publication coming out of the MCADF – Autism Case Studies in Jamaica has been stalled because of the lack of funds to complete this project.