Autism is a medical condition that delays the developmental milestones of a child. The causes of the disease are still unknown and so is its cure. Individuals suffering from the disorder demand more family support to lead quality lives despite the disease. The number of people living with autism increases each year. In UK, every one person in 100 people is diagnosed with the condition.
For this reason, Sanjay Shah Denmark started a live concert and charity known as Autism Rocks in 2014. Through his foundation, he organizes music concerts Dubai and London that features famous artists like Prince, Michael Buble, and Drake. Through the concerts, the foundation has raised an estimated £600,000, money that has been used to support people living with autism.
It was their youngest son, Nikhil, who inspired the family to start the foundation after he was diagnosed with autism. The parents were encouraged to support other children living with the condition. They also felt the need to support research projects aimed at understanding the causes of the disease and its management.
This years’ Autism Rocks festival was held in Dubai in April. The entry fee for the concert was charged at Dh50 per person. American rappers, Flo Rida and Tyga, took over the stage to offer one of the most amazing shows. Additionally, the event featured other fun activities like the bouncy castles, face painting, petting zoo, and laser tagging.
Sanjay Shah is an established business person. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Solo Capital Partners. Solo Capital is a successful investment firm that offers investment management services, brokerage, and trading.
Sanjay Shah’s family had previously donated funds only in their support towards the Autism Research Center. They later intensified their efforts by organizing fundraisers that involved live music concerts. The idea of live concerts was arrived at after Sanjay Shah met rapper Snoop Dog.
Sanjay later contacted Done Events, a leading promotions company, which helped to organize music concerts as a way of fundraising for various research programs related to autism. From his passionate involvement in the programs, he is now a trustee of the research institution.