Alan Keen MP

Chulanie de Alwis

(London, UK) British parliamentarians have commended the hard work of the UK Autism Foundation who are campaigning non-stop on behalf of the poor, particularly during the credit crunch and the recession.

CDA Events Management Services recently organised a successful fundraiser for the UK Autism Foundation called ‘Scope for Hope.’ The autism charity dinner was held at the Royal Naval Association Club in Feltham. People from the medical and business world attended the function

A special message written by Alan Keen MP and his wife the Health Minister Ann Keen MP was read out to the guests at the ‘Scope for Hope’ dinner.

Alan Keen MP and Ann Keen MP said:

“We are very sorry that we cannot be with you tonight for this very auspicious occasion. The hard work and dedication of the UK Autism Foundation deserves huge support and we are extremely impressed with the Foundation’s achievements to date. We hope you all have a great evening and raise lots of money to continue to help fund the Foundation’s excellent work.”

The autism campaigner in the House of Commons, Lee Scott MP, Patron of the UK Autism Foundation sent his very best wishes. Scott has been speaking out on behalf of autism carers during Carers Week in the United Kingdom. There were carers present at the dinner in Feltham.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown signed a special bottle of House of Commons Claret, for the auction. The Prime Minister sent his best wishes.

The Sri Lankan cricket stars who are in the final of the ICC 20/20 Championships at Lords on Sunday against Pakistan had signed a shirt which was also auctioned at the ‘Scope for Hope’ autism charity dinner in Feltham. The leading batsman in the 20/20 Championship, Tillekeratne Dilshan, the number one bowler in the world Muttiah Muralidaran (Murali),Sri Lankan opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and former captain Mahela Jayewardene signed the Sri Lankan shirt.

Autographed photographs of England cricket players, opener Alistair Cook and bowler Dimitri Mascarenhas, a signed photo of F1 Driver Jensen Button (currently leading the F1 Championships), a Manchester United print of Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Nani and Christiano Ronaldo, were also auctioned to raise funds for the UK Autism Foundation. The raffle prizes included a copy of the new thriller ‘Gauntlet’ gifted by the Canadian author Richard Aaron. The main character in the ‘Gauntlet’ has autism. The UK Autism Foundation has endorsed ‘Gauntlet.’

A signed copy of ‘Twin Brothers World’s Apart,’ written by campaigner Kevin Healey who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was also in the ‘Scope for Hope’ raffle.

The distinguished singer/songwriter Nimal Mendis who composed the song for autism, ‘Open Every Door’ sung by Gresha Schuilling was made an ‘Ambassador for Autism’ on the night so was ‘Scope for Hope’ organiser Chulanie De Alwis. They are now part of the UKAF Ambassador Programme. Both musicians pledged to raise awareness of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in the United Kingdom, through their music.

The song for autism, ‘Open Every Door’ was played at the ‘Scope for Hope’ dinner.

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