Last Sunday I took time out to photograph a charity event designed to raise awareness and understanding of Autism. The walk started on Geelong’s waterfront and finished on the green lawns of Eastern Beach where families could come together, enjoy a bbq and share in their stories while the children were entertained with activities and face painting.
Sue Anic is the organiser behind the Geelong autism walk which coincided with Autism Awareness month. Hundreds of families, friends and supporters came together on the sunny Sunday to take part in the walk and carried with them balloons, a symbol of colour and vibrancy for autism and released the balloons at the destination in a display of spectacular colour against the cloudy skies.
As a photographer, I was happy to donate my time and images as a way of visually showcasing what can be accomplished when a charity bands together for a cause and what better way of getting the message out there than with pictures! From a photographer’s point of view, the colour, vibrancy and social interaction creates great scenes for photographing as well as capturing the families and friends who show support for families with children with autism by all wearing the same coloured shirts with their team names splashed across them. It’s a great look and an impressive show of community minded support!
I had a great day photographing the Autism Awareness walk and I hope my photos go some way to drawing attention to a better understanding of autism in our community.