SMARTER Brunei will be partnering with Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Institute of Health Sciences to stage a musical to raise money for autism awareness.
One hundred and thirty children from SMARTER, as well as youths with autism, will perform in an adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which will take place at the International Convention Centre on September 22 and 23.
Dubbed Looking Through The Autism Wonderland, the musical is the fifth charity concert produced by SMARTER, and it will be the first time they will be partnering with a group of third year medical students from UBD.
So far, the organisers have managed to raise $1,700 from donations and garage sales to fund the upcoming event, but are about $800 shy of their $2,500 target.
“We hope to get more people and companies to come forward to buy tickets… to support the cause of our project,” said Aqilah Zainudin, one of the UBD students.
“Our goal… as medical students is to rectify rampant misconceptions about autism in the community. We aim not only to raise funds for the continuity of SMARTER, but to combat the stigmatisation and marginalisation of the population of individuals with autism in the sultanate.”