Posts by Andrea Vinassa

Casual Day: Impact on disability policy and legislation

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.”

Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

“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,”

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NCPPDSA: Wheelchairs for Africa

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.

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ALMA SCHOOL: AIMING FOR A SPORTS FIELD IN 2016!

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…

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Special education for Tshilidzini learners

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…

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Casual Day funds go to education in Limpopo Province

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.

The teachers and parents embrace the opportunity that Casual Day affords them through marketing material and merchandise to supplement their funding. The school has raised a total of R5.4 million over the past three years, 40% of which they retain and 60% of which goes to 12 national beneficiaries …

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Disadvantaged Communities in Mpumalanga to benefit from Casual Day funds raised in the province

Casual Day donors and fundraisers were honoured at the annual Casual Day award’s ceremony for Mpumalanga, held yesterday [1 March] at The Arena, Emnotweni Casino in Mbombela. The event was jointly hosted by the Mpumalanga Association for Persons with Disabilities and the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa, the owner and manager of the project. Various prominent Mpumalanga organisations were thanked for their fundraising efforts …

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Free State APD raises most Casual Day funds in province

The organisation that raised the most donations for Casual Day in the province is the Free State Association for Persons with Disabilities (FS APD), raising donations of R105 110. The funds raised will be used to purchase much-needed assistive devices for children and adults with disabilities. Funds will also go towards a range of children’s care centres and projects in disadvantaged communities …

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Western Cape APD raises R183 525 for Casual Day

The organisation that raised the most donations for Casual Day in 2015 in the province is the Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities (WCAPD) in Milnerton, raising R183 525. According to WCAPD fundraiser Esme Bronkhorst, the funds raised will be used to purchase much-needed assistive devices for children and adults with disabilities. Funds will also go towards a range of children’s care centres and projects in disadvantaged communities …

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Cape Town Show & Tell entertained by Filia School Brass Band

The top Cape Town performers in the Casual Day campaign for 2015 were announced at the project’s awards breakfast at the Table Bay Hotel last week (12 February). The function honoured the thousands of volunteers and participants who assist in raising donations for the disability sector. The highlight of the day was a performance by the Filia School Brass Band. Music is an important part of the curriculum, according to Deputy Headmaster Anthony Meyer. In addition, the school raised R131 885 for Casual Day through their supporters. “Filia School is a school for learners with disabilities in Goodwood and they were the only school to be invited to attend Parliament on Casual Day last year. The children cannot read music, but the school curriculum has been changed to enable them to learn by sound. Each learner starts off by learning the drums, and then progresses to playing the trumpet and finally, the trombone.” A portion of the money raised will go toward purchasing more instruments and assisting the band to get gigs …

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