Casual Day is South Africa’s leading fundraising & awareness campaign for persons with disabilities and is the flagship project of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).
Launched in 1995, Casual Day is an awareness and fundraising campaign benefiting persons with disabilities. Each year on the first Friday of September, South Africans are encouraged to go to work or school dressed differently – either dress up or dress down – and to wear the official Casual Day sticker to show their support for persons with disabilities.
The campaign encourages the public to contribute financially through a small donation of R10 for a sticker, and at the same time lobbies for the full inclusion and equity of persons with disabilities. So, not only does it raise funds, but it also raises awareness of the challenges and potential of the community in a fun way!
Each year, approximately 4 500 companies, 100 schools and 400 NGO organisations take part in Casual Day. Over the past 25 years since Casual Day was launched, the project has raised in excess of R343 million (2018 totals) which is distributed among the project’s national beneficiaries representing persons with disabilities as a part of a diverse society.
This is achieved thanks to the generous support of the South African public, corporates, government organisations, schools and the hard work of our NGO organisations in getting our message and sticker sales out there.
Casual Day 14 National Beneficiary Organisations for 2019:
The NCPD is proud to share the funds raised with Casual Day’s national beneficiary organisations who provide services and advocacy work. In 2019 they are:
- Alzheimer’s SA
- Blind SA
- Deaf Federation of SA (DeafSA)
- Muscular Dystrophy Foundation SA (MDFSA)
- QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)
- SA Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH)
- SA National Council for the Blind (SANCB)
- The National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy (NAPCP)
- The National Institute for the Deaf (NID)
- Transoranje Institute for Special Education (TOIBO)
- South African Disability Alliance (SADA)
- Grey Power
Casual Day also supports the disability units of 11 universities, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
Why should I participate?
Be part of a group of thousands of South Africans who demonstrate that small actions can make a huge difference to the lives of persons with disabilities. We call it community spirit in action. Casual Day creates camaraderie, raises awareness in the office and brings light relief to the workplace and school.
When is Casual Day?
This year Casual Day takes place on Friday, 6 September 2019.
Where can I get a sticker?
Stickers will be available soon to participating beneficiaries (NGOs, Companies & Schools) and in retail stores towards the end of July 2019.
The public can obtain stickers from:
- Edgars, Jet, CNA
- Game and Dion Wired stores.
- Toys R Us and Babies R Us Stores.
- Alpha Pharm Stores
- Express Stores
- National and local NGO participating beneficiary organizations.
- The Casual Day National office, Edenvale, Gauteng.