Mapfre Malta col­lab­o­rate with Smil­ing with Jerome to raise aware­ness to­wards autism

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Mapfre Mid­dle­sea to­gether with Mapfre MSV Life col­lab­o­rated with the Smil­ing with Jerome Foun­da­tion to help raise aware­ness about autism as well as to pro­vide help to­wards a par­tic­u­lar case in­volv­ing a girl who was di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion at the age of two.

Smil­ing with Jerome Foun­da­tion is an or­gan­i­sa­tion which seeks to pro­vide help to those who are truly in need of it. Their mis­sion is “to pro­vide sup­port, as­sis­tance and com­pas­sion to in­di­vid­u­als who are pass­ing through dif­fi­cult times, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on those who have been di­ag­nosed with cancer or other se­ri­ous ail­ments”.

As such, in or­der to help raise money for that case, a ca­sual af­ter-work hot dog event was or­gan­ised within the com­pany. A to­tal of €1,000 was raised dur­ing this event, and the com­pa­nies dou­bled that amount for a sum of €2,000. These funds were do­nated to the Smil­ing with Jerome Foun­da­tion in con­tri­bu­tion to this par­tic­u­lar case.

This do­na­tion was given to­wards a par­tic­u­lar case about a girl whom to­day is non-ver­bal at the age of 6. She is cur­rently able to com­mu­ni­cate through an iPad ap­pli­ca­tion which speaks out the words when typed. Un­for­tu­nately, as she gets older, the lim­i­ta­tions of this de­vice are be­com­ing more preva­lent. These funds will aid the young girl in ob­tain­ing a more suf­fi­cient de­vice in or­der to speed up this process by help­ing her for­mu­late phrases in a more con­cise, ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient man­ner.

The aim of this event was to help the young girl in com­bat­ting her con­di­tion as well as rais­ing aware­ness for those who have been di­ag­nosed with autism. Com­monly de­scribed as be­ing an ill­ness that af­fects brain func­tion­al­ity, this is preva­lent in three ar­eas, namely com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the im­ped­i­ment of speech, find­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in so­cial­i­sa­tion and in­ter­act­ing with peers, and repet­i­tive be­hav­iours that man­i­fest their daily rou­tine.

Notwith­stand­ing this, Mapfre Malta in­tends on con­tin­u­ing to sup­port this ini­tia­tive in the fu­ture in or­der help those who are di­ag­nosed with autism and other such con­di­tions.

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