Spring into action for Casual Day

2015-08-25 06:02
From left to right: Craig Arnolds, Faye Besaans, Simone Botha, Casey Swales, Tamryn van Houten and Kingsley Beukes.

From left to right: Craig Arnolds, Faye Besaans, Simone Botha, Casey Swales, Tamryn van Houten and Kingsley Beukes.

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Casual Day is South Africa’s most successful fundraising project for persons with disabilities.

But this year, they have have welcomed on board The Association for Hearing Loss Accessibility and Development (AHLAD), a newly formed Cape Town organisation that promotes the interests and rights of persons with hearing loss.

AHLAD will be raising sticker donations through the Casual Day infrastructure to support their work in the community.

Casual Day Ambassador, graduate of the UCT Ballet School and, a member of the executive committee of the AHLAD, Simone Botha was born profoundly deaf, but was the recipient of a cochlear implant when she was 22 months old.

Botha says: “I was lucky enough to have the benefit of this technology and I want others to have it too.”

Showing support

As a professional ballet dancer, she recently got a group of ballet dancers rehearsing for a show at UCT Ballet School to “spring into action” for Casual Day.

“This is a wonderful way for the entire country to show their support for persons with disabilities. We would love to see everyone use their imagination in interpreting the theme,” she says.

Casual Day ambassador Jabulile Ngwenya was also born deaf, but only received her cochlear implant as an adult.

“Having a wider range of tools for communication has made the world of difference to me as a writer.”

AHLAD chairperson Michele Tonks says: “We are happy to join the Casual Day family and join hands with such a reputable brand. The donations coming from generous citizens will go towards eradicating the barriers that prevent persons with hearing loss from fully participating in life.”

The organisation is a group of passionate volunteers, Tonks says, and needs the support of the community toc carry out their work. So,

Spring into Action for Casual Day on Friday 4 September


To support the work of AHLAD get your stickers from info@ahlad.org and visit www.ahlad.org.V

Stickers are available nationally at all Edcon stores, which include Edgars, Jet, JetMart, Boardmans, CNA, Red Square and Legit. Stickers will also be available at Absa, Game and DionWired stores, Shoprite and Checkers

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