Casual Day ambassadors spent their 67 minutes for Mandela Day at the West Rand Association for the Physically Disabled in Krugersdorp and one of WRAPD’s community projects, the Rainbow Daycare Centre in Randfontein, which provides daycare services to approximately 40 mentally and physically challenged children from Toekomsrus, Mohlakeng and Kagiso.
Ambassadors Tujay Harmonix, a rapper with muscular dystrophy and Lefa Manamela, hearing impaired pageant winner – Miss Deaf SA and first princess at the Miss Deaf Africa 2015 pageant, delivered boxes of shirts and nappies to West Rand APD. Also there to enjoy the community celebrations was Casual Day ambassador Patrick Mashegwana, who dispensed a lot of big hugs and high fives, interacting with the children and teachers. Afterwards, they visited the Rainbow Daycare Centre, which receives financial support from WRAPD.
They were there to inspire the community to Spring Into Action for the Casual Day campaign run by WRAPD to raise funds for persons with disabilities. Casual Day 2015 takes place on Friday 4 September.
Casual Day is South Africa’s most successful fundraising project for persons with disabilities – and the amount raised for last year has climbed to R28 million. Sponsored by The Edcon Group, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA).
Casual Day changes lives one R10 sticker at a time. The ambassadors are there to give society a deeper understanding of the world of disability and how to make the world a more respectful and nurturing place for everybody.
The over-arching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better. What better time to start planning for this day: get your school or your company on board, get your local stores to raise donations for stickers, get your local celebs to provide support, and whatever you do, Spring into Action.
To support WRAPD’s Casual Day campaign, get your sticker from Elizma Claassen on 011 660 7964/5.
The national beneficiaries of Casual Day are:
National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA
South African National Council for the Blind
South African Federation for Mental Health
Deaf Federation of South Africa
Autism South Africa
Down Syndrome South Africa
National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy
South African National Deaf Association
National Institute for the Deaf
Alzheimer’s South Africa
South African Disability Alliance
QuadPara Association of South Africa.