Thank You South Africa for Celebrating Diversity with us

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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.”

The NCPD hosts the annual Casual Day fundraiser, which is SA’s largest and most popular event of its kind in the disability sector. All the funds that are raised on Casual Day, go to support the needs of persons with disabilities directly benefitting 40 000 people while indirectly benefitting as many as 3-million people.

The theme this year was Celebrate diversity with persons with disabilities, says Wentzel. “It is an important idea we wanted South Africans to think about on a day that has become associated with doing something fun for a great cause.

“Creating an inclusive society starts where persons with disabilities are seen and celebrated as being part of this country’s wonderful diversity and strength,” she says. Casual Day is all about making a real difference, building understanding and creating inclusive spaces for equal access to economic and social opportunities for all South Africans.

“Thank you to the sponsors, all the companies that supported us, all the NGOs that work hard to make the day a success, the schools that sold stickers and made posters and to everyone who bought a sticker, dressed up and shared the love with Casual Day. Your support means the world to thousands of people.”

Casual Day stickers are still on for sale at R10 each. They are available from Edgars, Edgars Active, Jet, Jet Mart, Boardmans, CNA, Game, DionWired, Shoprite and Checkers. Every cent that is raised goes to helping a person with a disability lead a full, productive and meaningful life.

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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, 1 September. Your donation of R10 for a sticker makes a difference and improves lives all across South Africa.

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