Support Casual Day and Raise money for your school

Youth Day was an important day where the young people of this country celebrate their power to change the world.

It is an important day to reflect on the power that young people have as individuals and within their own communities to make the world a place for all to live in. Recognising this capability and respecting the role schools play in this country a decision has been taken to take SA’s most popular fundraising event, Casual Day, directly to schools to give them the chance to raise funds for themselves.

For the first time in 23 years schools across the country are being invited to participate in what is expected to be the largest Casual Day campaign ever.

Participating schools stand a chance to raise money for their schools as well as win a cash prize for their own school.

“We are very excited about this innovation to Casual Day,” says Therina Wentzel, the National Director of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). “It is wonderful to be able to extend the benefits of Casual Day to schools which we know often have trouble with their funding.”

Previously, only schools with children with disabilities have participated in this initiative.

Some of these schools have been so effective in mobilising the communities around them to support the Casual Day event that they are able to self-fund some of the buying of assistive devices for their students, says Wentzel.

Casual Day is the largest fundraising event of its kind in the country, and is the NCPD’s principal funding activity.

The NCPD is central to the wellbeing of more than 500 non-profit organisations, schools and national beneficiary organisations. The funds it disburses annually directly support about 39 000 people directly and, indirectly, close to 3-million South Africans.

The campaign provides funding for a range of organisations in the disability sector, which provide employment, education, counselling and advocacy for persons with disabilities.

Casual Day 2017 will be held on 1 September.

“The theme this year for Casual Day is Celebrate Diversity with Persons with Disabilities. Being able to take this campaign into schools not only sensitises our young people to the need for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, but also introduces it in a way that is positive and fun,” says Wentzel.

Under this new programme schools will be able to sell stickers for R10, and keep R2 for their school. As an added incentive, the school that raises the most money will win a cash prize of R10 000.

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Hi, I’m Able the Casual Day mascot and ambassador for disability. I encourage you to see the ABILITY in people and not the dis-ABILITY. We’re all able, we can all live our fullest lives if the barriers are removed. Join me each year, on the first Friday of September and raise funds to support organisations that render services in the field of disability. This year Casual Day falls on Friday, 7 September. Your donation of R10 for a sticker makes a difference and improves lives all across South Africa.

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