Zero is Dorothy-Anne’s Hero!

How a police patrol horse & a woman in a wheelchair became best friends.
A very special bond has grown between Dorothy-Anne Howitson of Carters Glen and Zero, the white mare who does duty as a patrol horse at the Kimberly SAPS Mounted Unit.

Dorothy-Anne and Zero have formed, in Dorothy-Anne’s words, a ‘precious bond’ since they met by chance a few months ago.

“My neighbour and I both enjoy reading the Volksblad,” Dorothy-Anne says. “I was taking the paper over to him one morning, when I saw Zero being ridden down the street on regular patrol duty.”

Dorothy-Anne was captivated by the big animal and went over to meet her. It was love at first sight. Zero put her muzzle against Dorothy-Anne’s cheek and nuzzled her. “I was having a really bad day that day,” says Dorothy-Anne who contracted polio as a baby and who has been in a wheelchair these last nine years. “Zero understood that I was feeling down. She was so gentle and so soft and warm that I instantly began to feel better. It was a truly special moment and the beginning of a wonderful friendship.”

In honour of her special friend, Dorothy has bought Zero her own Casual Day sticker. The theme of Casual Day this year is Be an Everyday Hero with Persons with Disabilities. Zero and her rider, Constable Dean Malander, proudly wear their stickers to show their support for Dorothy-Anne and thousands of other persons with disabilities in South Africa.

Casual Day Youth Hero Kerry Walsh

Meet Kerry Walsh, a young woman who has crammed as much as possible into her 20 years, and who has done more for others than most people twice her age.

Kerry Walsh is vivacious, charming, funny and level-headed. She’s midway through her degree in Corporate Communications. She’s already taken her gap year: a year she filled with being a PA, directing and producing a school musical, going on a motivational speaking tour (during which she addressed the full Joburg Mini City Council); and working a stint at a social media marketing business.

Right now, whilst preparing for her mid-year exams, she’s single-handedly organising a 22-team, four ball golf day, the proceeds of which will go to a charity. She spends her holidays and weekends earning pocket-money through her own small, but thriving, social media marketing business.

All this on its own is pretty impressive. But throw in the fact that Kerry has spinal muscular atrophy and has been in a wheelchair for most of her 20 years, and it’s absolutely apparent that Kerry Walsh is a truly remarkable young woman!

She epitomises the 2018 Casual Day theme: Be an Everyday Hero with Persons with Disabilities. But Kerry, absolutely true to her modest nature, does not think of herself as heroic. “It’s just hard work, that’s all,” she says. “You don’t need to be a genius or a millionaire to live the life you want. You just need determination to work hard. I don’t give up. I go for it and I get things done.”


Casual Day congratulates Comrades Everyday Hero Xolani Luvuno

Photo credit: KFM Radio a Division of Primedia Pty Ltd. Everyday heroes refuse to be limited. Everyday heroes set their sights on their dreams and make them happen, no matter how tough it is. Everyday heroes rise above. Everyday heroes set an example.

Casual Day warmly congratulates Xolani Luvuno for completing the Comrades Marathon on June 15, 2018. He made headlines — and earned our deep admiration — for completing the Comrades on crutches. Not only is Xolani a double amputee, he’s also a recovering addict and a cancer survivor!

Show your support for persons with disabilities and be an everyday hero like Xolani this Casual Day by getting a Casual Day sticker from Edgars, Edgars Active, Edgars Connect, Jet, Jetmart, Boardmans, CNA, Game, DionWired, ToysRUs, BabiesRUs, Alpha Pharm and Express Stores. Stickers will be on sale nationwide from the end of July, and are currently available from participating NGOs and schools countrywide for only R10 each.


Casual Day Theme 2018

South Africa needs heroes. South Africa needs everyday people who do the extraordinary!

For Casual Day 2018 this year, we call on YOU to be a protagonist for change! To be a hero for yourself, for others and for our country:

Heroes care about other people
Heroes can put themselves in someone else’s shoes
Heroes use their skills and talents to do good themselves, rather than waiting for someone else to do it
Heroes don’t give up. They keep going even after setbacks and frustrations
Heroes strive to be all they can, despite shortfalls
Heroes never stop working to make the world a better place for everyone
Heroes are defined by their strength of character

Now, more than ever, South Africa needs people to dig deep inside themselves, find the hero within and BE AN EVERYDAY HERO with persons with disabilities…

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Thank You South Africa for Celebrating Diversity with us

South Africans love to have fun and they love it even more if it means when they are giving back to communities and building society.

“This year was an exceptional year for Casual Day, the whole country seemed to be dressed in green or wearing a sticker,” says Therina Wentzel, the national director of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).

“Thank you South Africa for your incredible support of Casual Day on September 1,” says Wentzel. “Casual Day cannot exist without the love of the people of South Africa coming out in their hundreds of thousands across the country to show their support. It is a very special day indeed, thank you for showing your hearts and for celebrating diversity with persons with disabilities.”


Scandal! to pay tribute to persons with disabilities on Casual Day’s Scandal! will add another element to its repertoire – that of Casual Day ambassador. Casual Day – which raises funds for the disability sector in South Africa – will feature in the Scandal! episode that airs on Friday, 1 September.

Scandal! producer, Ilse van Hemert, says, “The featuring of Casual Day on Friday, 1 September was in line with Scandal!’s mandate from to speak to all aspects of South African life and to touch the imaginations of all South Africans.” She adds, “It is important that, as the entertainment industry and content creators, we reflect on the stories we make and the responsibility we have to reflect the diversity of South Africa.”

Therina Wentzel, national director of the NCPD, says the support of players in the creative industries and media in building awareness of persons with disabilities is vital in establishing an inclusive society.”This work is incredibly important if we are going to shift the perceptions of South Africans and build a world where everyone is able to enjoy equal freedoms, and have access to social and economic opportunities,” adds Wentzel. “We salute the work that is being done on shows such as Scandal! and are grateful for the visibility they are creating around Casual Day this year.”

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Casual Day welcomes Brad ‘ThaCutt’ Tapinos as ambassador

Award-winning turntablist and DJ Brad “ThaCutt” Tapinos is one of our brand new Casual Day ambassadors.

A successful musician living with muscular dystrophy, Tapinos has pursued his passions and cemented his spot in the local music industry.

In 2012, he participated in the Red Bull Thre3style Championships and won. By this stage, he had already clinched two SA DMC (Disco Mix Club) Championship titles. Running since 1985, the DMC Championships are considered one of the most prestigious turntablist competitions in the world – and Tapinos has already represented South Africa twice!

Tapino is also affiliated with MTV Base, and has been selected as the official scratch DJ for the global music lifestyle channel.


QASA paves pathway to opportunities for persons with disabilities with Casual Day

If your daily commute to work forces you be in traffic for hours or to elbow your way into an overcrowded public transport, you probably need little convincing about the importance of good quality transport. Now, imagine your frustration if you are mobility impaired too.

For many persons with disabilities, this is not fiction, but a real daily struggle.

Much of South Africa’s public transport system remains completely off-limits for persons with disabilities. When transport is available it is difficult to use and often expensive, turning even the shortest trip into a nightmare.

The QuadPara Association of South Africa’s (QASA) has leveraged its participation in Casual Day – South Africa’s annual corporate social investment initiative – to provide a pathway of opportunity that will help them protect and further the interests of quadriplegics and paraplegics.