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Romano gets a new wheelchair

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.

A heartfelt thank you to generous Casual Day donors

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.

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Their happy faces say it all!

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.”

Up Your Game for disability

UP YOUR GAME FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

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!

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Casual Day donors & fundraisers thanked in Nelson Mandela Bay

The organisation that raised the most donations for Casual Day in the province is the Association for Persons with Disabilities Nelson Mandela Bay (APD NMB), raising donations of R114 731. 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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Casual Day adds R27m to the coffers of the disability sector

The top performers in the Casual Day campaign for 2015 (in Durban) were announced to the project’s awards breakfast at the Elangeni Hotel in Durban yesterday (Tuesday 9 February).

Top of the leader board was the Quadpara Association of South Africa with R306 428, followed by the KZN Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) with R293 332 and the KZN Blind & Deaf Society with R109 650.

The generous public added R27 million to the donations raised by Casual Day over the past two decades, bringing the national total for 21 years to R249 million.

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Happy Holidays!

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.

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Casual Day launches its 2016 Schools Programme

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.

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UTi goes the extra mile for disabilities

Casual Day and The NCPPDSA would like to extend our sincere appreciation to UTI for the free delivery of 20 donated wheelchairs to Siyazenzela People with Disabilities in Kutlwanong, Odendaalsrus, Free State.

UTI is Casual Day’s preferred delivery service supplier and they generously agreed to provide free transportation of the wheelchairs from Edenvale to Odendaalsrus. Being mobile enhances a person’s ability to learn, interact with others, earn a living and participate in the community. Together more can be done…

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Engen and Edcon partner to change the lives of children with disabilities and their families through a wheelchair donation

Engen in partnership with Edcon have provided a total of 17 wheelchairs to children with disabilities based in the Limpopo region. The initiative was supported by The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), one of the leading non-profit organisations in the disability sector.

According to Ms Therina Wentzel, National Director of the NCPPDSA, “Wheelchairs are one of the most commonly used assistive devices and it gives children with disabilities a sense of freedom to engage in activities that abled bodied children participate in on a daily basis.”

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