April was an amazing month for entrepreneur Sanjay Shah and his cause . Autism Awareness week in Dubai premiered big name entertainers Flo Rida and Tyga; that help raises over Dh15 million and promotes awareness for the developmental disorder that affects almost 3 million lives daily. While there is no known cause or cure, money from charity events arranged by Sanjay Shah Denmark pay for vital research and brings much-needed attention.
Shah’s passion for raising awareness comes from the heart. Sanjay’s son Nikhil was diagnosed with autism at age two. The retired Solo Capital mogul and devoted father spend his time giving back to the community. Done Events in Dubai joined Shah to create Blended, a jazz musical fest. The two-night event featured mega talents Joss Stone and Elvis Costello. He continues to use his business connections and his budding venture with Done to bring a variety of musical artists while building his new brand and fostering more support for autism. Michael Buble, Lenny Kravitz, and the dearly departed Prince have devoted their time and talents to help Shah with this deserving cause.
Sanjay’s love for his son drives his passion but knows there is more to be done. Shah feels fortunate he has the financial means to support his son’s autism, yet other families may not have the available resources. To help with his development, Sanjay hired three therapists for 20 hours a week to help Nikhil’s development. Shortly after learning his son’s diagnosis, he donated money to a local research center. After learning the center’s struggle for transportation for families who received treatment, he then donated money to buy two new vehicles. As a thank you for his generosity, the center had the buses wrapped with his son’s picture. Thanks to Shah’s giving spirit and desire to help others, autism awareness has a new voice.