Musicians mark Autism Sunday around the world

Musicians from around the world marked Autism Sunday 2009 – the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome observed on 8th February. Musicians in Cathedrals, churches and elsewhere participated in Autism Sunday to pray for over 60 million people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome across many nations.

Musicians also took part in a London Service to mark Autism unday 2009 at one of the largest churches in the city – All Saint’s Church in Woodford Wells. Hundreds attended the service along with key British parliamentarians, dignitaries,councillors and parents, care givers and the Autism Community.

The service was conducted by an ex-rock group member, Reverend Paul Harcourt who has a son with autism. The Financial Secretary of the British Government Stephen Timms MP, the Chair of the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Commons Mike Gapes MP and Health Select Committee member Lee Scott MP joined the massive congregation. People attended from all over London in the UK.

The Leader of the Opposition in the British Parliament, David Cameron MP fully supported Autism Sunday. He said: ‘I would lke to express my support for Autism Sunday. As many as one in a hundred people could be affected by some form of autism, and it is important that we recognise and raise awareness of the difficulties and challenges that they can face.’

Support also came from Pope Benedict XVI and Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California – Rick Warren was chosen by US President Barack Obama to give the invocation at his inauguration.

The moving song for autism, ‘Open Every Door,’ sung by Gresha Schuilling and written by Nimal Mendis was played at the service. Radio stations around the globe also played ‘Open Every Door’ to mark the international day.

For further information: http://autismsunday.blog.co.uk

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