Monday, March 29, 2010

City Hall turns on blue lights for Autism Awareness

The City of Calgary’s City Hall will be bathed in blue light on April 1, the eve of World Autism Awareness Day and the first night of Autism Awareness month.

“The City of Calgary is pleased to recognize the efforts of Autism Speaks in raising awareness about this complex disorder,” said Sharon Purvis, Director of Corporate Properties & Buildings at The City.

Calgary is bringing the Light it up Blue global initiative home.

Light is up Blue helps shine light on the United Nation’s declared, World Autism Awareness Day, by lighting-up more than 100 iconic landmarks in nine countries around the world, such as the Empire State Building in New York City, Willis Tower in Chicago, Edmonton City Hall, the CN Tower in Toronto and the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia.

“City hall is a well recognized historical landmark in our city and for that reason, an apt landmark to light up blue in support of this initiative.” said Purvis.

Calgary’s City Hall was designated as a Provincial Historic Resource by the provincial Department of Culture in 1978 and was recognized as a heritage site by the Federal Historic Sites and Monuments Board in 1987. The building, a vision of architect William M. Dodd, was officially opened for business by Prime Minister Sir Robert L. Borden in June 1911.

City Hall will be lit up blue on Thursday, April 1, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Light It Up Blue is a campaign organized by Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism and advocacy organization. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism, increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

For more information on the Light it up Blue campaign visit www.lightitupblue.org

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