Buddy bench drive
APRIL was autism awareness month and the shire did its part to understand the often misunderstood diagnosis.
On April 18 more than 20 people filled the hall at the Mossman Bowls Club to listen to Rodney Mills.
Mr Mills, who flew in from Brisbane, is a 36-year-old living with autism and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Mr Mills who was once put in the “too hard basket” now lives in his own home, has a paid job and runs his own business presenting to communities around the world.
Students from Mossman State High School and other members of the community listened intently as Mr Mills spoke of his story of triumph.
At Port Douglas State School Autism Awareness Day on Thursday April 21 meant free dress and colourful hairstyles to “celebrate difference”.
Teacher aide Kate Cooper worked tirelessly for a week to complete an equally colourful mural on one of the school walls. The students also made their own murals and the winning class got to celebrate with a pizza party.
The money raised from the gold coin donation will go towards a Buddy Bench. The bench will be a place where students can go if they need a friend.