UPDATE: August 25, 2016
Sanjay Shah has just announced that an Autism Rocks Festival will take place to support the charity, and to raise awareness and donations for autism research. Details and dates for the festival are linked below.
April 2nd marks the beginning of Dubai Autism Awareness month. People can attend the Autism Rocks festival for Dh50 and have fun. American Rappers Tyga and Flo Rida are expected to perform live. They will also raise awareness about autism. The collected proceeds shall be donated towards research on autism.
While speaking to XPRESS, Usha, Sanjay Shah Denmark’s wife, said that their son was diagnosed with autism. Usha and Sanjay felt the need to provide support for people needing special care. They also saw the importance of providing such children with greater exposure. The idea of Autism Rocks was inspired by the need to research and understand why people are afflicted with autism as well as provide viable solutions.
Autism Rock, which is characterized by charity and concert, was founded in 2014. Over the years, the concerts have raised more than £600,000. Renowned celebrities have graced different Autism Rocks concerts. Some of these notable personalities are Drake, Lenny Kravitz, Prince and Michael Buble. DJs such as Fever and BFG have also performed in these concerts owing to their young vibe that resonates with the youths. In an interview, Usher posited that the family event would feature fun events and live music. Fun events would include inflatable rides, bouncy castle, rodeo bull, barbecue and golf among many other activities. The event would be held in collaboration with 117 Live, which is Al Ahli’s Holding’s subsidiary.
About Sanjay Shah
Initially, Shah pursued medicine. However, he felt that he was not cut out to be a doctor. To this end, he became an accountant. He worked for different leading investment banks including Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. Nonetheless, during the 2009 financial crisis, Shah was made redundant. Without prospects for a new job, he went on to establish his brokerage company, which he named Solo Capital. Solo Group Holdings controls Solo Capital. Aesa S.a.r.l. owns the group holding company. Across London, The Cayman Islands, Dubai, Luxembourg, British Virgin Islands and Malta, Shah owns many other corporations.
Shah founded Autism Rocks in order to raise awareness about Autism. In 2011, his son, then aged 4, was diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder. In an interview with the Global Citizen Magazine, Shah posited that he had been sponsoring many kids in India for more than 10 years. However, he did not know what more he could have done beyond his sponsorship program. After the news of his son’s condition, Shah became more aware on how and where to channel his charitable contributions.
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