Project celebrates 25 years

2019-02-20 06:01

This year the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) will mark 25 years of Casual Day.

This is the organisation’s flagship project and most successful social advocacy campaign in South Africa.

The theme of Casual Day 2019 is “Time to Shine with Persons with Disabilities”.

Casual Day is about standing up for human rights as much as it is about raising money.

Therina Wentzel-Du Toit, national director at the NCPD, has encouraged South Africans to create public spaces and products that are completely accessible to both persons with, and without, disabilities.

“We need equity and accessibility at our schools, tertiary campuses and workplaces. We need public transport that works for everybody. Barriers must go.”

The call came after assessment of programmes established via the charity initiative at centres in the Northern Cape, Limpopo and Free State.

“I am completely in awe of what Casual Day money has achieved in these provinces. We have skills development centres where there were none before.

“These centres are giving persons with disabilities a means to earn a living, support their families and contribute to the economy,” she said. She said there is still more work to do.

“To get it done, Casual Day needs the support of all South Africans.”

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