Casual Day helps rural schools for learners with disabilities to help themselves

South African schools for learners with disabilities face many challenges, including the ongoing need for funding for crucial but expensive specialist equipment such as hearing and walking aids and braille machines. Where city institutions may struggle, the difficulties are compounded for schools in rural areas. As a result, cashstrapped educational institutions for learners with disabilities rely greatly on fundraising. The Casual Day national campaign managed by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) has provided rural schools for children with disabilities in Limpopo with a working formula to raise funds for their operations and to buy the resources they need for their learners.

Schools such as Tshilidzini Special School for blind, deaf and physically disabled students, Helen Franz Special School for children with physical disabilities and Fulufhelo Special School are among those in the province to benefit from the initiative by selling Casual Day merchandise such as stickers (which allow participants to wear casual clothes to work on the first Friday in September), caps, tshirts and bucket hats. The schools are entitled to keep the profits made from sales. Tshilidzini Special School was the top performing school of 2016 in selling Casual Day merchandise.

Casual Day – when what you wear says the most about you

Deciding what to wear to work can be really stressful – but for one day of the year, the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities is going to make it easy for you. On the first of September 2017, people across South Africa will demonstrate their commitment to inclusivity and equity – just by buying a Casual Day sticker and advertising their support for human rights for all.

The theme for this year’s Casual Day – observed on the first Friday of September – is “Celebrate Diversity with Persons with Disabilities”.

The idea behind the theme is to use the joy and celebration of Casual Day to help the whole nation to focus on the need for every individual to work to create an inclusive and equitable society.

The Casual Day sticker is not just a sticker – it is an entry to becoming part of a puzzle of thousands of active South African citizens committed to the empowerment and upliftment of persons with disabilities.

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A Successful 2016! Campaign Wrapup

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities sincerely thanks everyone big and small for your involvement in our 2016 Casual Day Campaign.

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, but we believe that it takes an entire nation to build an inclusive society. When we at NCPD called on you to support our campaign to fundraise and drive the message of inclusion, you answered our call with enthusiasm, generosity and opened your hearts and pockets.

To all our hard working NGOs and beneficiary organisations, we take our hats off to you for running inspired campaigns and engaging activations on and around Casual Day. Thank you for your dedication and passion to the upliftment of the most vulnerable within our society.

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International Day for Persons with Disabilities

On 3 December, Edcon hosted this event at the Mall of Africa for raising R3,09million for Casual Day

In commemoration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Edcon hosted a celebratory event to at the Mall of Africa for raising R3,09million for Casual Day (South Africa’s leading fundraising initiative for persons with disabilities). The funds were raised through sticker donations by customers at the various Edcon stores during this year and to commemorate the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

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Casual Day Sponsor Edcon Upped Their Game for Disability this Casual Day

The Edcon Group stepped up and spearheaded the Casual Day Up Your Game theme for this year. The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa Chairperson Mr Mac Mia was invited to join Jet Store CE, Dr Urin Ferndale to celebrate Casual Day with the retail group on Friday, 2 September. The two executives engaged in a meeting while seated in a transparent glass office set up outside Edcon head quarters in Edgardale, Johannesburg. The main conversation was around the changes Edcon and Casual Day would like to implement within their respective environments to ensure an inclusive society for persons with disabilities.

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Vodacom Blue Bulls to ‘Up Their Game’ on Casual Day

On Friday, 2nd September the Vodacom Blue Bulls will go head-to-head with the Xerox Golden Lions at Loftus Versfeld for a Currie Cup premier division clash.

The significance of this game is the pledge by the Vodacom Blue Bulls to dedicate the game in honour of South Africans with disabilities and to support the national Casual Day campaign, which takes place on the same day of the match. The 22-year old campaign is celebrated every year to help raise funds and awareness in support of persons with disabilities. The 2016 Casual Day theme, “Up Your Game”, calls on every individual or organisation to donate R10 for their official Casual Day sticker to allow them to gear up in sports attire to support persons with disabilities, and the Vodacom Blue Bulls have more than taken up this challenge…

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CASUAL DAY WELCOMES SHÉRI BRYNARD

Casual Day is honoured to welcome this talented young Ambassador! Shéri Brynard is the only person with Down syndrome (normal Trisomy 21) who has a tertiary teacher’s diploma in Educare), without any amendments been made to the course (or special assistance), in the world. Amongst other achievements, she was the recipient of The Presidential Award for people who have made a contribution to the lives of mentally handicapped people in South Africa. She was chosen as the first Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year in her category, “Young Movers”, in South Africa, with a disability as well as the first winner ever to receive a standing ovation. There were more than 1 400 woman nominated. She truly believes that all people have the ability to choose to make the best of their circumstances and she is the living example of that…

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UNISA Supports Casual Day

Unisa – The University of South Africa is getting behind ‪#‎CasualDay‬ all the way. Vice chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya (Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor) got his sticker as well as the UNISA board Vice Chair & Chairman. The Chairman, Mr Simelane, urged the UNISA board as leadership of UNISA to fully support Casual Day this year and asked the entire UNISA community to get their stickers and to ‪#‎UpTheirGame‬ for persons with disabilities. Mr Simelane is proud that UNISA respects diversity and stands for self representation.

We would like to thank them wholeheartedly for their support!

The council meeting proceeded with all UNISA board members wearing their stickers…

THE FREESTATE APD & DIHLABENG MUNICIPALITY RALLY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

The local community in Bethlehem showed their support for South Africa’s upcoming Casual Day at the New Hall in Bethlehem […]

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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.

“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.”