Casual Day is honoured to welcome this talented young Ambassador! Shéri Brynard is the only person with Down syndrome (normal Trisomy 21) who has a tertiary teacher’s diploma in Educare), without any amendments been made to the course (or special assistance), in the world. Amongst other achievements, she was the recipient of The Presidential Award for people who have made a contribution to the lives of mentally handicapped people in South Africa. She was chosen as the first Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year in her category, “Young Movers”, in South Africa, with a disability as well as the first winner ever to receive a standing ovation. There were more than 1 400 woman nominated. She truly believes that all people have the ability to choose to make the best of their circumstances and she is the living example of that…
Unisa – The University of South Africa is getting behind #CasualDay all the way. Vice chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya (Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor) got his sticker as well as the UNISA board Vice Chair & Chairman. The Chairman, Mr Simelane, urged the UNISA board as leadership of UNISA to fully support Casual Day this year and asked the entire UNISA community to get their stickers and to #UpTheirGame for persons with disabilities. Mr Simelane is proud that UNISA respects diversity and stands for self representation.
We would like to thank them wholeheartedly for their support!
The council meeting proceeded with all UNISA board members wearing their stickers…
Casual Day is a project that raises funds for services for persons with disabilities. The project is also involved in influencing the government’s policy and legislation framework around disability through its parent organization, the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA). Last year, the NCPPDSA contributed to the process of the development of the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In addition, they participated in the review of the White Paper on Social Welfare Services.
“As we celebrate Youth Month in June, we are mindful of the fact that children with disabilities suffer more abuse and neglect than children in general. Our work takes us to communities where children live in really dire conditions, without any resources or recourse to the law. We have recently made recommendations on the programmatic inclusion of children with disabilities in government’s roll-out of the Isibindi community based child protection programme.”
As National Child Protection Week kicks of today, Casual Day has more good news about the impact that the funds raised by the campaign are having in communities all over South Africa. Wheelchair swings and a round-about custom-designed for learners in wheelchairs were recently installed at the campus of Basizeni Special School in eMbalenhle, Evander, in Mpumalanga Province, bringing much joy and pleasure to the learners.
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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