Casual Day adds R27 million to disability sector

2016-02-24 06:00
Top performers in the Casual Day campaign for 2015: Top Left: Faheema Granville, Casual Day office manager, Ralese Adriaanse of Edcon, Ntsoaki Tsosi, Casual Day team member, Brian Bezuidenhout, director of the Association for Persons with Disabilities Nelson Mandela Bay (APD NMB) and Brett Marshall, fundraising manager for APD NMB.                                     Photo: SUPPLIED

Top performers in the Casual Day campaign for 2015: Top Left: Faheema Granville, Casual Day office manager, Ralese Adriaanse of Edcon, Ntsoaki Tsosi, Casual Day team member, Brian Bezuidenhout, director of the Association for Persons with Disabilities Nelson Mandela Bay (APD NMB) and Brett Marshall, fundraising manager for APD NMB. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE top performers in the Casual Day campaign for 2015 were announced at the project’s annual awards breakfast held at The Boardwalk in Summerstrand recently.

The function honoured the fundraisers and those who assisted in raising donations for the disability sector.

The organisation that raised the most donations for Casual Day in the province is the Association for Persons with Disabilities Nelson Mandela Bay (APD NMB), raising donations of R114 731. The funds raised will be used to purchase much-needed assistive devices for children and adults with disabilities.

The runners up are Uitenhage Mental Health with R52 104, Autism Eastern Cape with R49 510, Port Elizabeth Mental Health with R33 420, Rehab Southernwood with R28 470, McClelland Adult Centre with R28 300, APD Mthatha with R20 880, Khanyisa Special School with R19 595, Cheshire Home Summerstrand with R18 810 and APD King William’s Town with R15 456.

All the participants were also honoured for their contribution to the project, which is now in its 22nd year. The generous public added R27 million nationally to the donations raised by Casual Day over the past two decades, bringing the national total for 21 years to R249 million.

Sponsored by the Edcon Group and supported by a number of corporates, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA).

The donations will be distributed to the following beneficiaries: the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA, South African National Council for the Blind, SA Federation for Mental Health, Deaf Federation of South Africa, Autism South Africa, Down Syndrome South Africa, the National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy, the South African National Deaf Association, the National Institute for the Deaf, QuadPara Association of South Africa, Alzheimer’s South Africa and the South African Disability Alliance.

The funds are raised as a result of a R10 donation for a Casual Day sticker.

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