Dubai had a unique autism awareness month in April 2016. The month started in a style, with performances from American superstars, Tyga and Flo Rida. Apart from performing, the American rappers enlightened the audience about autism. Those who attended had an opportunity to give their donations for financing autism research.
Making a positive impact
The aim of Autism Rocks is to ensure that autistic people are treated with respect. Sanjay Shah Denmark and his wife (Usha) formed the organization. In an interview with the XPRESS, Usha says that the desire to make a tangible difference was stirred up by their personal commitment. The Dubai-based couple has an Autistic son, and their main agenda is to change the way the society perceives people with autism. Shah and Usha felt that autistic kids were not getting enough exposure. They came up with Autism Rocks to try to find out what causes autism and if the condition can be treated.
Since inception in 2014, Autism Rocks has managed to raise more than €600,000 by holding popular concerts. They chose Flo Rida and Tyga as their autism ambassadors this year due to their young vibe and ability to relate with youths easily. The official DJs for the Dubai event were BFG and Fever. Besides live music, the event featured crazy golf, bouncy castle, laser tag, rodeo bull, inflatable rides, horse rides, face painting and a petting zoo.
Sanjay Shah is one of the most successful hedge fund managers and investors. He founded Solo Capital, a boutique investment firm with incredible global presence, in 2009. In an interview published on Global Citizen Magazine, Shah said that he started out in the medicine field before switching to the financial and investment sector. He has been an accountant for leading investment banks like Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanly, and Merrill Lynch.
Creating Solo Capitals from scratch and transforming it into a globally recognized firm is a reflection of shah’s investment prowess, personal discipline, and commitment. In the philanthropy arena, he is the founder of Autism Rocks, a nonprofit organization that focuses on educating people about autism and raising funds for research through holding concerts. Doctors diagnosed his son with Autism in 2011. He came up with the idea of raising funds by staging gigs when he had invited Snoop Dogg over for a cup of tea. Autism Rocks held its first invite-only concert in 2014 featuring the late Prince as the guest performer.