T-shirt paves the way to ­Casual Day

2017-03-01 10:14
Casual Day

Casual Day

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The National Council of and for People with Disabilities (NCPD) is appealing to the public to support its annual charity initiative, Casual Day, by purchasing casual stickers.

The fundraising initiative’s highlights are on Friday, 1 September, when a host of activities are held countrywide to raise awareness about persons with disabilities. The theme for this year’s Casual Day is “Celebrate Diversity with Persons with Disabilities”.

The idea behind the theme is to use the joy and celebration of Casual Day to focus on the need for every individual to work to create an inclusive and equitable society.

The Casual Day sticker is not just a sticker – it is an entry to becoming part of a puzzle of thousands of active South African citizens committed to the empo­werment and upliftment of persons with disabilities.

The colour for 2017 is a vibrant, grassy green – the colour of new life, renewal, vitality and harmony.

Fresh green is also associated with Spring, which is when the big event is.

So, if it is gorgeous or if it is growing or even if it is glowing – as long as it is green and makes the world know who you are, what you wear on Casual Day affirms your commitment to celebrating our diverse nation in all its facets.

You do not have to wait until September to start making a difference and showing you care.

You can begin in May, which is designated as Diversity Month by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and is also Worker’s Month. This is a perfect time to begin wearing your Casual Day golf shirt to work every Friday in the build-up to September.

“The theme was chosen because, while the principles enshrined in the Constitution should mean that South Africa leads the world in the protection of persons with disabilities, the principles are not a rea­lity for many of the 4,3 million South Africans with disabilities,” says Therina Wentzel, national director of the NCPD.

Millions of persons with disabilities in South Africa cannot find jobs, get educated or receive the health care they need.

“With an inclusive approach from every citizen, this picture can change to one where every South African, including persons with disabilities, is able to find expression for their ta­lents, be able to fulfil their potential and share in the success that comes with creating an equitable society,” says Wentzel.

“Mahatma Gandhi said you can judge a society by how it treats its most vulnerable members. If that is the measure by which South Africa is judged, we are failing miserably.

“It is time to move from words to actions and actions begin with the indivi­dual,” says Wentzel.

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