Casual Day funds go to education in Limpopo Province

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Some kids from Casual Day’s star performer Tshilidzini Special School (TSS) in Shayandima, Thoyohandou

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: in 2013 they raised R1.3 million, in 2014 they raised R1.8 million and in 2015 they raised R2.3 million.

TSS has consistently raised more sticker donations than any other single participating grassroots organisation in the country over many years.

Tshilidzini provides education and shelter – it is also boarding school – for some 340 learners who would otherwise be shunned by their communities and left at home without stimulation or much of anything. The school provides services to children with physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as blind, deaf, partially sighted and hearing impaired learners. Each child’s needs are different, requiring specific teaching aids and assistive devices.

Limpopo Province is full of star performers, with Fulufhelo Special School raising R1,6 million and Helene Franz School raising R442 451.

Other top performers in the province are:

Grace and Love Special School (raising R306 105), Grace and Hope LSEN (R214 648), Ratanang Special School (raising R198 182), Bosele School for the Blind and Deaf (raising R189 561), the Association for Persons with Disability Limpopo (raising R182 958), Tshilwavhusiku Razwimisani Special School (raising R167 465) and Letaba Special School (raising R166 448).

This was announced today at the annual Casual Day awards ceremony at the Meropa Casino in Polokwane [4 March]. The event was jointly hosted by the Association for Persons with Disability, Limpopo and the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa, the owner and manager of the project.

The funds raised by all these organisations 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.

Now in its 22nd year, Casual Day is the country’s foremost fundraising project for persons with disabilities and sponsored by the Edcon Group and supported by a number of corporates. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA). Says project leader Vanessa du Plessis: ‘We would like to thank all employers in the province who permit their employees to take part in Casual Day. A large portion of what we raise comes from employees in South Africa’s companies and big corporates. It is very interesting to note that employees who participate in projects like Casual Day are more positive, motivated and productive at work. Doing good as a team gives employees a feeling of pride and meaning.

‘Doing good together leads to more satisfied employees and ones that are more likely to exceed their performance expectations than those who are not involved. The bottom line is – doing good is good for the bottom line.’

Mercia Maserumule, head of enterprise development at the Edcon Group said the company has committed over R12 million to Casual Day since becoming a principal sponsor in 2013, with over R4,3 million of the funds raised as sticker donations at Edcon stores.

The group continues to support the agenda of the South African community of persons with disabilities with the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA and its affiliates across the country. Edcon’s relationship with the NCPPDSA extends beyond the Casual Day sponsorship to the recruitment and placement of persons with disabilities in jobs within the Edcon Group, she said.

Casual Day announced that R27 million was raised nationally last year, bringing the total amount of donations to over two decades to R249 million. A portion of the donations will be distributed to the following beneficiaries and their provincial branches: the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA, South African National Council for the Blind, SA Federation for Mental Health, Deaf Federation of South Africa, Autism South Africa, Down Syndrome South Africa, the National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy, the South African National Deaf Association, the National Institute for the Deaf, QuadPara Association of South Africa, Alzheimer’s South Africa and the South African Disability Alliance.

Watch this space for the theme for Casual Day 2016 – which will be held on 2 September.

You can contact the organisers of the project on 011 609 7006

The funds are raised as a result of a R10 donation for a Casual Day sticker.

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Andrea Vinassa

Andrea Vinassa

For more information, photographs and publicity material call Andrea Vinassa / Media co-ordinator for Casual Day Cell: 079 089 9835 Landline Cape Town: 021 790 6698 \ Landline Edenvale: 011 609 7006 Email address: andrea.flashpoint@gmail.com

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