Supporters true heroes

2018-10-17 06:02

This year’s Casual Day fundraising drive proved to have worked magic with the public demand for a range of merchandise.

The theme of this year’s Casual Day was “Be an Everyday Hero with Persons with Disabilities”, and South Africans responded positively by playing the part of heroes and heroines for the day.

Many purchased products, such as stickers and T-shirts, to raise funds in support of persons with disabilities.

According to the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), a record number of stickers were sold on 7 September.

The day’s success is alluded to the millions of South Africans who supported Casual Day, bought a sticker and dressed according to the theme.

“The Casual Day shirts were a massive hit, with people across the country buying the red and navy golf shirts for their children,” said Therina Wentzel-Du Toit, national director at the NCPD.

“The demand for the shirts is still high, so they will remain available until 3 November for the national celebration of Children’s Day.”

Children’s Day celebrates the rights of children and the progress that is being made toward the full realisation of children’s rights in South Africa.

“The organisation’s heartfelt thanks go to the nation – not only for supporting the Casual Day fundraising drive through buying stickers, shirts and caps, but also for demonstrating a national groundswell for the inclusion and equity of persons with disabilities,” she said.

“Equal access is a human right. Every person who supported Casual Day showed the world, policy-makers, their friends, colleagues and families that the 13% of South Africans who have disabilities are entitled to the human rights the rest of us enjoy and often take for granted.”

Proceeds raised support for 12 national beneficiaries, 500 non-go­vernmental organisations, schools and the disability units of 11 universities, the South African Police Service and the South African National Defence Force.

In addition, proceeds pay for assistive devices, the upgrading of school buildings to accommodate assistive devices, and the maintenance of day-care centres and food gardens.

Wentzel-Du Toit said proceeds also subsidise Sign Language interpreters. They provide training in universal design for employers and fund an employment placement service for persons with disabilities.

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