Whitgift Shopping Centre, Croydon, UK – 29th March 2014, Anna Kennedy OBE, and her charity Anna Kennedy Online collaborated with Nuffield Health Club in Croydon and set up stands to promote Autism Awareness.
They decided to kick start Autism Awareness month with a difference. The two charities worked together to perform an exclusive and surprise Flash Mob, to support and launch the beginning of Autism Awareness Month.
Individuals from both Charities suddenly and spontaneously completed a well-rehearsed performance choreographed and taught by Hannah Maxwell, Nuffield Health Studio Manager and Bird Gang Dance Group – the UK representatives in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas in 2012.
Anna Kennedy Online and Nuffield Health members alongside the Bird Gang Dance Group had been secretly rehearsing at the Nuffield Health Club in Croydon for several months in order to perform the Flash Mob routine which involved people with autism. The purpose of this was to raise awareness and place a positive perspective on autism.
Anna Kennedy OBE, Founder of Anna Kennedy Online says:
“When we hear about autism related subjects on the news, it is always doom and gloom. The flash mob will be used to celebrate autism and showcase the capabilities and confidence that these remarkable individuals possess. April is Autism Awareness Month, so the Flash Mob will be a fantastic platform to launch the range of activities that are taking place throughout the month, not just from Anna Kennedy Online, but all organisations throughout the world.”
Anna Kennedy is also organising Autism’s Got Talent on May 10 at the Mermaid Theatre. The Flash Mob is a perfect introduction to the levels of talent, energy and positivity that we can all expect from the show.
“There are so many talented people out there who are on the autistic spectrum, and both the Flash Mob and Autism’s Got Talent have provided a platform to not only showcase this talent, but to give the performers confidence and feel included in fun and unique activities. They also benefit greatly from the social aspects.”
There were two sessions of the Flash Mob throughout the day on March 29. The first took place at 1pm, the second at 2.30pm.
More information about Anna Kennedy Online can be found on their website here.
You can watch the Flash Mob performance below