A British millionaire, Sanjay Shah, started a charity foundation known as Autism Rocks to raise funds in support of autism research. The fundraisers are carried out in form of private live music concerts. His support for research on autism began after his two-year-old son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with autism in 2011. The foundation’s major objective is to change how different societies perceived individuals living with autism.
Autism is a mental disorder that usually starts in childhood. The affected children usually develop communication problems and are slow in developing a perception of the environment around them. Despite the disease becoming common in major societies, its cause remains unknown and it has no cure.
Sanjay Shah Denmark and his wife first encountered the condition after their son failed to keep his food down. Doctors advised them to visit a psychologist who would determine whether the child had a behavioral disorder. They later visited Portland hospital where their son was diagnosed with Autism.
Later on, Sanjay and his wife began donating funds to an Autism Research Center that was based in UK. Sanjay later founded Autism Rocks Foundation to help boost his fundraising efforts by organizing special concerts featuring popular music artists.
The main motivation for the foundation’s creation was to support autistic individuals who had very particular medical and social needs. On the other hand, Mr. Shah was dedicated to finding a way to curb the issue since the number of people diagnosed with autism was increasing each year. In UK alone, one out of 100 people was affected by autism.
The concerts hosted by Autism Rocks targeted the youths by featuring popular music artists like Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Buble, Drake, Flo Rida, and Tyga. The artists invited were tipped to have a significant influence on the youths implying that the message on autism could reach more of the targeted group.
The charitable foundation has so far raised more than £600,000. The money is injected directly into autism research organizations that are investigating the causes and management of autism.
Sanjay Shah is the CEO of Solo Capital Markets, a provider of financial services such as proprietary trading and financial consultation.
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