Hello, Casual Day champions!
This is our last web post for the year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing passion and dedication to the success of the Casual Day project.
This year millions of Casual Day fans all over the country put the fun back into fundraising by dressing up to celebrate the 2015 theme: Spring into Action!
This year we also celebrated our 21st birthday. Excluding this year’s amount, Casual Day has already raised over R222 million over the past 21 years! THANK YOU for joining the movement to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, you are changing their lives one R10 sticker at a time.
Casual Day, South Africa’s foremost fundraising campaign for persons with disabilities, has launched its annual National Schools Programme for 2016 to coincide with International Disability Rights Day on 3 December.
Schools are encouraged to pledge their support for Casual Day and to twin up with mainstream schools in their area to raise donations for their local disability organisations or schools. Casual Day happens on the first Friday in September each year, but it is important for schools to put Casual Day on their annual calender at the end of 2015 or beginning 2016.
How We're Changing Lives
The Casual Day project of the National Council of Persons with Physical Disabilities procured 15 000 golf shirts and Caps from APD, Nelson Mandela Bay. The golf shirts are designed, produced and screen printed by involving persons with disabilities according to their abilities in all aspects of production line.
The workshop produces high quality, individually branded corporate clothing for companies including well known brands such as ACSA and BKB, as well as a line of underwear to retailer Woolworths.
“Child disability is a neglected and serious national problem, yet the scale of the problem is not documented and hence not represented on a policy and services level,” says Therina Wentzel, National Director of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA).
With a view to gathering hard facts with which to lobby government, the NCPPDSA initiated an investigation into the status quo of children with disabilities in day care centres in South Africa. The findings unearthed educational exclusion and sub-standard care.
There is a dearth of funding for research, which is why South Africa lacks comprehensive statistics on persons with disabilities. Casual Day funding was deployed to do a survey, the findings of which were released in January 2013…
Casual Day has teamed up with LeadSA to help an anonymous good Samaritan realise his birthday wish to hand out […]
Paarl School is a school for learners with disabilities in Brackenfell. They are a star performer in the Western Cape for Casual Day. Casual Day ambassador Terence Bridgett visited the school recently and found that Paarl School is a wonderfully nurturing environment for the learners who range from toddlers to teenagers. Administering a school catering to learners with a range of conditions is complex and challenging. Learners are divided into streams, one following the national curriculum, the other focused on skills and training. Here children do not only receive an education, but they receive therapy, and are supplied with assistive devices, wheelchairs and other devices that assist with mobility and alternative communication. Most of all, they receive the very special care and love from the dedicated group of teachers, some of whom live on the premises.