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Mal Smith, Sebastian Sadgrove and John Sarkissian at The Dish

CURRAJONG Disability Services client Sebastian Sadgrove will have his recently donated his masterpiece “Blue Dish” to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope framed and immortalised with a plaque at the Observatory in a special event on April 3. Currently, it is displayed inside the visitors centre and has received wonderful feedback.

“When I started this I couldn’t have believed this was possible,” said Sebastian.

“The support shown to me and autism in Parkes and Central West by the community and CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope has been phenomenal.

“They have been great contributors and backers of Autism Month every April so I thought I would sound them out regarding this painting being displayed there.”

For John Sarkissian, Operations Scientist CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, he couldn’t be more pleased by the initiative shown by Sebastian and Currajong.

“CDS (Currajong) and Angela Wilson from the Central West Autism & Special Needs Awareness Group contact CSIRO to light the dish blue in April each year for World Autism Month which we are more than happy to support,” said John.

“We try to do our bit for the local community.

“Especially when it comes to the support of important local charities like Currajong”.

Mal Smith, Site Leader at the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope concurred saying their organisation loved getting behind local groups.

“We love supporting local groups. We do our best for the local community,” he said.

“This is a unique painting and we love it!

“Thank you CDS and we will proudly and gladly display it in the visitors info centre here”.

With the 2020 installment of World Autism Month fast approaching in only 8 weeks (April), no one will be more proud than Sebastian to see his painting showcased to world at the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope.

“It is a dream come true and hopefully I inspire others with autism and disabilities to achieve their goals too!”