Jose Henriquez, the Chilean Miner has sent a special message to parents and carers of children and adults with autism to mark Autism Sunday 2011 which falls on Sunday 13th February. Jose Henriquez was one of the 33 miners trapped underground in the San JosÃ© mine in Chile. Henriquez organised daily prayers deep down in the mine, in order to lift the spirits up of his fellow miners.
He is currently touring Great Britain sharing his experiences and has spoken at Durham Cathedral among other venues across Britain and Northern Ireland. Henriquez had to briefly halt his UK tour when he was asked by President Barack Obama to address the Presidential Prayer Breakfast in Washington, he has now resumed his tour. Jose Henriquez was informed of Autism Sunday by Ivan Corea, the Founder of the worldwide event – he was also presented with his first ever autism awareness ribbon.
Jose Henriquez is supporting Autism Sunday 2011 also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. In his special message to mark Autism Sunday, Henriquez said: â€œâ€˜All you parents with autistic children may feel at times that you are just like being down a mine.
â€œGod gave me and my fellow miners a real hope and He wants to give that to you too.â€
Campaigners are organising an Autism Sunday Twitter Storm and are requesting people all over the world to support the autism awareness initiative by tweeting and re-tweeting on Autism Sunday on 13th February.