Stickers celebrate diversity

2017-08-30 06:02

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) is appealing to the public to support its Casual Day fundraising campaign. To support the initiative, members of the public are urged to buy Casual Day stickers.

Casual Day takes place annually on 1 September. The theme for this year is “Celebrate diversity with persons with disabilities”.

The campaign makes a positive difference by raising funds for the welfare of various organisations.

The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is one organisation that has leveraged its participation in Casual Day – South Africa’s annual corporate social investment initiative. The organisationparticipates in the initiative by providing a pathway of opportunity that will help the QASA further the interests of persons with paraplegia and quadriplegia.

This year, the QASA will hold a functional driving training programme that will give its members a chance to learn to drive and to qualify for a driver’s licence.

Another initiative, dubbed the Digital Village computer training programme, makes a difference by making the application for a job much easier.

Participants will be taught how to compile a CV, apply for a job and prepare for job interviews.

According to Therina Wentzel, national director of the NCPD, the funds raised through Casual Day sticker sales directly benefit about 40 000 persons with disabilities, while indirect beneficiaries of the campaign total almost three million South Africans.

“The NCPD is a leading advocate for persons with disabilities. The council plays an active role in promoting and building a more inclusive society in South Africa in which people with disabilities are able to access equal social and economic opportunities. All the money that is raised by Casual Day goes to benefit a wide range of organisations, including those for people with hearing loss, people with psychiatric disabilities, and people with physical disabilities and mental health challenges, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, paraplegia, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s and autism.”

Last year, the Casual Day campaign raised over R400 000 through sticker sales.

“This money will now be used to make it easier for people with mobility impairments to get around. The money will also help the QASA to continue with its work of distributing assistive devices to people who need them,” Wentzel says.

“A wheelchair is often a lifeline for people with mobility impairments, allowing them greater freedom to live independently and creating opportunities to interact with friends, family and their communities in new ways.

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