During the Dubai’s autism awareness month, Autism Rocks organized a big concert branded “Autism Rock Festival” to celebrate all the children suffering from autism and create awareness about the disease. The tickets for the concert were going for Dh50 per person, and the event featured Tyga and Florida who are renowned American rappers.
Autism Rocks is a campaign initiative that was formed by Sanjay Shah Denmark and his wife, Usha. The Dubai-based family was inspired by the fact that most people barely know anything about autism and how it affects its victims, especially children. Autism is a disorder that inhibits people’s communication abilities and how they perceive their surroundings. The condition requires a lot of support from family members and medical personnel. Unfortunately, children in less privileged families have a hard time coping with the disease because they cannot access the right resources used to counteract its effects.
According to Shah, Sanjay Shah formed Autism Rocks to provide him and other well-wishers with a platform to create more awareness about the disease and also encourage more research on autism, which is currently dwindling. The organization came to life in 2014 and has raised over $800,000 through concerts graced by popular artists. Apart from Tyga and Florida who recently performed at the event, other artists such as Snoop Dog, Drake, Michael Bubble and Prince have also performed at different concerts organized by Autism Rocks.
Sanjay Shah is a Dubai-based hedge fund manager who runs a series of companies under the name Solo Capital Holdings based in England and Dubai. He was born in the UK but moved to Dubai in 2009 due to his love for the city.
Mr Sanjay Shah’s active participation in Autism campaigns began after a personal crisis hit him in 2011. His son, Nikhil was diagnosed with the disease, and since then, he has sponsored hundreds of children suffering from autism in India.
Initially, Sanjay Shah worked as an investment banker during the 2009 global recession. He found himself laid off from work due to the economic situation by then. This marked the beginning of a journey to becoming one of the British multi-millionaires. He has a net worth of $280 million.