Go Casual: support those with disabilities

1 September 2010

Buy the sticker, dress differently, let your hair down! South Africans have been urged to help support people with disabilities by taking part in Casual Day on Friday, 3 September.

The Casual Day fund-raiser is celebrated on the first Friday of September each year, calling on South Africans to dress differently on the day and to wear the sticker to show their support for disabled people.

Casual Day stickers can be purchased for R10 at any Absa, Game, Dion Wired, Edgars, Jet, Game, Boardmans and CNA store, or by visiting www.casualday.co.za.

A total of R17.6-million was raised by the initiative last year, and this year it hopes to raise at least R20-million, which will benefit hundreds of organisations serving people with disabilities.

Mayende-Sibiya urged all organizations, including both public and private, to support this initiative.

“Let us cross over that R20-million mark this year, this is the easiest way of demonstrating our support and raising awareness around issues of disability,” Minister for Persons with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mayende-Sibiya departed on Tuesday with a South African delegation to the 3rd Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, taking place at the United Nations headquarters in New York, from 1 to 3 September.

Mayende-Sibiya will act as the vice-president of the meeting, which will review global progress in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mexico is the current president

“It is critical that South Africa takes the lead on issues of disability globally,” Mayende-Sibiya said.

“We demonstrate as a nation that we truly care about the various challenges facing people with disabilities in our own country by supporting such campaigns as Casual Day.”

Source: BuaNews