Casual Day leading the way two decades on

2014-02-13 00:00

A WHOPPING R23,5 million was raised last year by Casual Day, the fundraising project for persons with disabilities for almost two decades.

This year, Casual Day celebrates its 20th anniversary and has vowed to pull out all the stops with its “Bring on the Bling” theme, which was announced during yesterday’s project annual awards ceremony in Durban. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA).

The highlight of yesterday’s ceremony was a rousing talk by wheelchair tennis superstar Lucas Sithole, who lost both his legs and most of his right arm when he fell under a train at the age of 12. He went on to become the first South African to win a title at the U.S. Open, the first African to do so. “If you can wake up in the morning with dreams you can either get up and go for your dreams or carry on sleeping,” Sithole said.

Executive committee member of the NCPPDSA, Phillip Saunders said, “Casual Day was not built by one individual; it is a collective effort of which we can all be proud. If we are to remain relevant … we need to strengthen the Casual Day brand and we need to target our audience as a trustworthy, transparent, accountable and focused campaign.”

Association for Persons with Disabilities KZN got an award for raising the most sticker donations, amounting to R313 130.

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