Pure Hearts of Georgia organizes Autism Awareness Run
Pure Hearts of Georgia, an Atlanta-based nonprofit formed by families of children with autism, successfully hosted their first-ever Autism Awareness 5K Fun Run on April 24, 2022.
[Left] Children getting ready to participate in the Autism Awareness run.
The City of Johns Creek provided the necessary permits to host the event at Newtown Park. Pure Hearts volunteers, Geetha and Karthikeyan, came forward to share their knowledge about conducting the run and guided the team through every step. They were also the first to come on the day of the run to set up the music and the banners! Their friend and fellow volunteer Jawahar also joined the team and helped with the set-up along with donating energy bars. Kayal Ramesh and Anu Ganesh, also volunteers at Pure Hearts, came forward to provide fruits for the runners. Siva and Krishna led their team of volunteers to guide the runners around the track.
[Right] Members of WOW, a nonprofit that supports women, participated in the event.
The registration team was busy from 7:30 in the morning with a steady stream of runners coming in. The park was a wonderful shade of blazing yellow on a beautiful Sunday morning with all the runners in bright yellow t-shirts. Emcee Satish started the event at eight a.m. sharp to the enthusiastic drum beats by Dinesh and the team.
Everyone ran together encouraging and motivating each other to run three laps around the track to complete the 5K. Some even danced to the peppy drum beats of the ‘Parai’ team.
The volunteer team at Pure Hearts led the run.
The runners included neuro- typical families, families with neuro-diverse children, therapists, doctors. All in all the event felt like a carnival.
Anandhi Jambunathan, President of Pure Hearts, started with a welcome speech thanking every volunteer who made this event possible. She was followed by Nazeera Dawood who highlighted neurodiversity and spoke of inclusion in the workplace. She said she would stand by and guide these pure hearts!
[Top] Families and children participated in the 5K run.
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