Posts by Andrea Vinassa

JONATHAN GROENEWALD Aka Tujay Harmonix

Jonathan “Tujay Harmonix” Groenewald was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of two. Doctors told his parents he would not live past the age of four, but he defied the odds, and is now 31 years old and carving out a career for himself as a rapper. Born and raised in Rustenburg, where he pioneered the area’s hip-hop movement. He is now resident in Eersterus, Pretoria.

He grew up an introvert and had few friends, but as a teenager he began to jot down his emotions in the form of aggressively charged rap lyrics and poetry – this was a way for him to let go of his negative views on life, he says. His outlet became his passion, which meant he could break out of his shell and publicly express himself at poetry sessions and corner ciphers.

Lois Strachan

Lois Strachan always wanted to be a rock singer, but only found the courage to realize her dream after being declared blind at age 21, as a result of childhood onset diabetes. She says she realized she had a choice at that time – to go home and be angry and depressed for the rest of her life, or to go out there and see what life still had to offer her as a blind person.

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THULI MATLALA

Thuli Matlala, a zestful, self-motivated and driven working mother with a disability is passionate about people development. She is a Corporate Social Investment Manager and her work entails providing advisory services to corporates that participate in the Social Economic Development space. Her passion for people stems from her experiences as a person with a disability – at the age of 15 she was hit by a stray bullet at school which rendered her a paraplegic.

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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.

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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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