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The Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors competition launched

Chino added as performer at Autism and Disabilities Luncheon Awards Banquet

Tuesday, January 31, 2012    

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DANCEHALL superstar and son of Jamaican reggae icon Freddie McGregor, Daniel 'Chino' McGregor is casting his superstar value behind the cause of raising awareness about autism in Jamaica. Chino will be the star and among the guests of honour at the first-ever Autism and Disabilities Luncheon Awards Banquet at the Wyndham Kingston Jamaica.

The young dancehall heavyweight and burgeoning superstar and his representatives, have confirmed that he will perform for the 35 exclusive invitees to the awards banquet at the Wyndham Kingston — which is a part of the prize for the Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors competition 2012, officially launched today.

Chino will not only perform but interact with the invitees, who will comprise high school students to which the competition is aimed at and several autistic children.

Chino says, "I am very interested and willing to help this cause."

Representative of the foundation confirmed they wanted a young male star that represented the positivity it endorses, and cites Chino as one of the rare examples of a young Jamaican male star who portrays integrity and decency while still being cool.

Open to any high school student between 12 and 18, the competition runs for three months as of its start.

Competitors will have approximately three months to volunteer with the disabled, not necessarily autistically affected, set up a display at their community library, church, school to promote disbailities tolerance, aim at getting letters to the editor in the local newspapers to promote disabilities kindnesses and pen an essay due March 31, 2012 about a disability of their choice. The activities have to be overseen by a teacher, pastor, or guidance counsellor to ensure that he work is done.

Entry forms available by e-mail at mcautismfoundation@gmail.com have the details and areas for signing for the supervisor of the entrant.

The competition is the Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation's (MCADF) Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors 2012; is the flagship event of the MCADF to commemorate global Autism month, in April this year, despite starting in the first month of the year.

The culmination of the event is on April 28, 2012, the fourth anniversary of the MCADF.

The competition begins Tuesday, January 31, 2012 and the work starts immediately and goes for the period until judges choose winners on April 2 global autism day.

The founder of the organisation, Maia Chung,0 says that the MCADF is hoping to motivate more Jamaican high school students than last year, to realise that helping the autistic and disabled is more than just a fad, but a meaningful way to spend their time and access opportunities to develop their own lives in a positive and meaningful way.

The competition is one of the main efforts of the foundation to help heighten awareness of Autism and other disabilities -- with the specific intention to be MCADF's special event to highlight Global Autism Month.

The culmination of the event will for the first year ever, see The Wyndham Kingston's conceptualised Autism and Disabilities Awards Luncheon and Banquet on April 28, 2012, involving multiple course meals for 35 persons, chiefly winners and their families to honour their work. This will include the prize handover.

Last year's winners Nicole Nation, Javanna Haughton and Shavell Skeel won multiple prizes — totalling over $100,000 for their efforts in lifting the awareness of autism.

This year, many sponsors have returned Mavis Bank Coffee Factory, JABLUM, Senator Norman Grant, Super Plus Super Centre and are joined by the Wyndham Kingston, MCTV, One Stop Computers, Outaroad.com, Billionaire Entertainment Magazine out of New York.

The prizes this year are three laptops for the three ambassadors chosen, and Jamaican electronics specialists One Stop Computer (OSC) — three cellphones, 20,000, 15, 000 and 10,000 dollars respectively and the trophies Mavis Bank Coffee, JABLUM and Senator Norman Grant Trophy. There will be a new computer, for the school of overall winner for placement in the school's computer lab, as well as summer internships.

Prizes have grown from last year's over $100,000 to just under $500,000.

The top winner will receive at least $300,000 in prizes.

She adds: "Not only will you see prizes and learn about the disabled but we anticipate many of those involved maybe even learning that getting jobs to work in Jamaica with the Autistic and disabled is lucrative."

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