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ROCK WACKY SOCKS FOR AUTISM Featured

Tomorrow's Voices Chairwoman and co-founder, Thea Furbert Tomorrow's Voices Chairwoman and co-founder, Thea Furbert

People around the island are being encouraged to wear fun, colourful socks tomorrow in support of Tomorrow’s Voices Rocks Socks fundraising event as Autism Awareness Month continues.

The 3rd annual Rocks Socks fundraiser aims to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities.

Tomorrow's Voices Chairwoman and co-founder Thea Furbert told Today in Bermuda that the unique fundraiser allows the community to see it can have fun while showing support of the charity.

“Companies and schools are invited to participate by wearing crazy, fun socks and donate $5 which will go towards the cause,” said Ms Furbert.

“Last year we managed to raise $5,000 and this year we are looking to increase that number. Our aim is to raise $7,000 this year. The much-needed funds will help us offer services to parents and their kids.”

She said although is has not been easy for a charity to survive during the economic climate, she is grateful for the donors who help to keep their doors open.

“We are happy that they continue to see the impact and changes we making with children affected by autism and developmental disabilities.

“They have been the main reason why we are able to survive. With the recession we did lose some funding, not the donors themselves but more in the amount of funds they are able to donate,” she said.

However she said it’s good to see that other donors have come on board and provided the charity with the ability to continue to offer their services.

Ms Furbert said the idea for the fundraiser came about by simply looking at their logo.

“Our logo is made up of various colors. Yellow, red, blue, green, etc. We said to ourselves, everyone has to wear socks to school and to work so why not devise a fundraiser which will have participants wear wacky socks and for a good cause.”

Over the past few years, Ms Fubert said roughly 20 schools and organisations have come on board to support the fundraiser and this year the charity is hoping to increase the number of participants.

The charity which first opened in 2007 is now in its ninth year and though it has been a journey Ms Furbert encourages other charities to not give up or lose faith.

“If you feel that you are making an impact on your community, and changing lives for the better, then do not give up,” she stressed.

“It’s a very hard thing to do (run a charity). I feel it’s a good cause helping children with development disabilities or any ability deserves to have access to their community and their future.

“This is just my way I feel that I can give back to my community.”

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