Zagreb to Host Humanitarian Race for Adults with Autism

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ZAGREB, June 16, 2019 – Rain Man is the name of a humanitarian race that will be held on the Sava river embankment in Zagreb on July 2, and the money raised will go to the Autism Centre for adults with autism, organisers have said, inviting runners and people from all over Croatia to participate.

The 5-kilometre race will also mark World Sports Journalists Day, which is celebrated on July 2.

The race was named after the 1988 film “Rain Man” starring Dustin Hoffman, which raised awareness of autism in adults.

The significance of the race lies in the fact that humanitarian drives for adults and elderly people with autism are rare, organisers said.

“It doesn’t matter if you run fast or slow, it doesn’t matter if you run or just walk. What matters is that you help,” said psychologist Boris Jokić.

Autism Centre director Žarka Klopotan said the objective of the race was to draw public attention to the needs of adults with autism, give them a bigger place in society and try to meet some of their needs.

The programme of the Centre covers 111 adults with very complex communication, social and health needs, she added.

More news about autism can be found in the Lifestyle section.


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