In 1994, the Casual Day project was conceptualised by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), with the objective of raising funds and creating awareness about the challenges and potential of persons with disabilities.
For almost three decades, Casual Day has made a huge impact by ensuring enterprise development, skills training, women’s programmes, services to children and rural people, employment, education, counselling and advocacy within the disability sector.
Casual Day is the largest fundraising project for persons with disabilities in South Africa. It is also an important national campaign to raise awareness about persons with disabilities through which their rights are promoted. These include access, equality, social inclusion and economic participation.
With most of our Thank You Events cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we would like to share with you a video recap of our 25th anniversary campaign (left) which also shows a few of our beneficiaries and impact of the funds raised by Casual Day. Enjoy!
Now celebrating its 27th year, the project has a long and respected history of fundraising and increasing awareness.
Below is a gallery of videos highlighting just a few of our beneficiaries. Nothing we have achieved would be possible without the generous support of the South African public, corporates, government organisations, schools and the hard work of our NGO organisations.
Tshilidzini Special School
Daphne Lee Centre
Botlokwa Special School
Polokwane Aftercare Centre
Monica Gerhard & APD Upington
Inge Reichert of APD Upington and Monica Gerhard share their views on the impact of Casual Day over the past 25 years. Monica Gerhard was born without arms and legs. Her physical disability does not stop her from leading a productive and successful life. Monica is a motivational speaker, radio presenter, translator and an active member of the Upington community in South Africa.
She focus on the lives and needs of disabled people, so as to inform those who are able bodied, about disability.
Tshilwavhusiku Razwimisani Special School
Tshilwavhusiku Razwimisani Special School for learners with intellectual Disabilities aims to build our learners’ self-esteem and to ensure that they leave the school as independent as possible, equipped with skills they can use to contribute to their communities. The school receives a subsidy from the SA Government, but this amount is not sufficient to run the school effectively for our learners. They rely on fundraising through initiatives like Casual Day to operate the school effectively.
Rekgonne Bapo Special School
Unarine Day Care Centre
Schools Outreach, Springbok
Our ambassador RickyK educating learners about disability and encouraging participation in Casual Day 2019.