Con Amore School and Intervention Centre was recently honoured by the organisers of Casual Day, the country’s foremost fundraiser for persons with disabilities for raising R178 230 for the project. A large portion of the funding is retained by Con Amore to continue its valuable work educating and caring for severely intellectually disabled children in the Kempton Park area.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the many people in the area who supported Con Amore’s Casual Day campaign last year,” says Casual Day project leader Vanessa du Plessis. “The school provides services to almost 300 learners who receive stimulation and education, transforming them into assets to the community.
Let the fun and games begin! Get ready for the biggest, baddest Casual Day ever! On your marks, get set and go… it’s Casual Day 2016!
Great footballs of fire, what to wear for Casual Day? Paint your face in the colour of your team, get out your bats, racquets, balls and wacky hats. Pump up the volume, feel the need for speed, keep the score, get your game on and head for the winning post. Keep the flag flying to show your commitment to improving the world for persons with disabilities. Whatever you do, don’t let the side down.
GET YOUR STICKER AND SHOW YOU CARE IN YOUR SPORTS WEAR!
Imagine experiencing the joy of comfortable mobility for the first time in your life? Imagine being a person with severe cerebral palsy and being able to say goodbye to old broken chair held together by string? Romano Marthinus no longer needs to use his imagination: he has received a special wheelchair customised to support him.
Several young adults with cerebral palsy received grants from the National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy (NAPCP), using funding from Casual Day. NAPCP provides a national co-ordinating forum of all activities, for and on behalf of persons with cerebral palsy – and is a national beneficiary of Casual Day.
According to NAPCP chairperson Prof Faith Bischof, the organisation’s mission is to prevent the occurrence of cerebral palsy and to enable persons with cerebral palsy to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into the community. “NAPCP is grateful for funds it receives from Casual Day as they assist our organisation to provide grants to children and adults with cerebral palsy and provide incentives to our top affiliates who sell Casual Day stickers. Our affiliates sold 152 000 stickers last year, which amounts to R1.52 million.”
“Not only are children with disabilities more vulnerable to abuse, but they are also faced with some severe challenges to access justice in instances where they have been abused,” says Therina Wentzel, National Director of NCPPDSA.
“Many children with various types of disabilities experience great difficulties to give testimony in court and are even under more pressure to withstand the rigours of cross-examination. The inability of children to testify to the satisfaction of the courts means that their testimonies do not support the prosecution’s case with the result that the cases are thrown out of court or not-guilty verdicts are reached with the perpetrators walking free,”
More than 100 children received the gift of mobility last year, thanks to funds raised through the Casual Day campaign.
The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA) helped to change the lives of children from Limpopo to the Eastern Cape by securing and facilitating the donation of 80 wheelchairs for children with disabilities in special schools.
Alma School, a school for learners with disabilities in Pretoria, has been named as the top performer in last year’s Casual Day campaign in Gauteng, raising donations of R242 666. According to Zirke Bondesio, the school’s principal since 1985, severe intellectually disabled children are guided and assisted to reach their full potential and live with dignity. The school relies greatly on donations and sponsorships to ensure sustainability as many of parents of many learners are unable to pay school fees…
Education is a major focus of many of Casual Day beneficiary organisations, not least Casual Day’s star performer Tshilidzini Special School (TSS) in Shayandima, Thoyohandou, an area outside Polokwane in one of South Africa’s poorest provinces, Limpopo. TSS has consistently raised more sticker donations than any other single participating grassroots organisation in the country over many years…
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. Watch video …
“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) …
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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 …
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If nobody reaches out, nobody gets touched…
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