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.

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Stark Films & Binnelanders Up Their Game

The Casual Day team spent a most enjoyable afternoon with Casual Day Ambassador and actor Erik Holm at Stark Films, the producers of Binnelanders. A big thank you to everyone, crew and actors, for promoting awareness around disability issues. They all have their Casual Day stickers ready to wear on Friday 2 September – Do you?

Click here to see the slideshow…

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Casual Day brings joy to ‘our wheelies’

As National Child Protection Week kicks of today, Casual Day has more good news about the impact that the funds raised by the campaign are having in communities all over South Africa. Wheelchair swings and a round-about custom-designed for learners in wheelchairs were recently installed at the campus of Basizeni Special School in eMbalenhle, Evander, in Mpumalanga Province, bringing much joy and pleasure to the learners.

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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.

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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.”

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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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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,”