Public’s support puts Mental Health in top spot

2016-02-25 06:00
=The team at Uitenhage Mental Health responsible for co-ordinating the local Casual Day sticker sales (from left) Lindiwe Speelman, Amilia Crouse, June Jacobs, Dr Peter Else (CEO of Uitenhage Mental Health) and Annekke Doubell.                        Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

=The team at Uitenhage Mental Health responsible for co-ordinating the local Casual Day sticker sales (from left) Lindiwe Speelman, Amilia Crouse, June Jacobs, Dr Peter Else (CEO of Uitenhage Mental Health) and Annekke Doubell. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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“Thank you to all the generous people in Uitenhage and Despatch who dared to be different and supported Casual Day 2015!”

Thanks to them, Uitenhage Mental Health was awarded the runner-up for raising the second most funds in the Eastern Cape for the disability sector. It also performed the best of all the NGO mental health organisations in the Eastern Cape.

“We are very proud of the people of Uitenhage and Despatch. Each year their support is phenomenal. We are grateful as Casual Day is our largest fund-raiser,” said Amilia Crouse, Uitenhage Mental Health’s co-ordinator of Casual Day.

Uitenhage Mental Health also was the runner-up in 2003 and 2005 and was awarded the first runner up best performing NGO for selling the most stickers as well as best performing NGO mental health in the province.

According to Dr Peter Else, CEO of Uitenhage Mental Health, a percentage of the total funds raised by Mental Health South Africa in support of Casual Day, will be allocated to participating Mental Health offices.

The top performers in the Casual Day campaign for 2015 were announced at the project’s annual awards held at The Boardwalk. 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 R114 731. Uitenhage Mental Health was the runner-up raising R52 104, followed by Autism Eastern Cape with R49 510, PE Mental Health 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.

Vanessa du Plessis, project leader of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA said, “A large portion of what we raise comes from companies’ employees.

“It is very interesting to note that employees who participate in projects like Casual Day are more positive, motivated and productive at work. Doing good as a team gives employees a feeling of pride and meaning.”

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

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