Casual Day – where does the money go?

IMG_8810 (427x640)Last year Casual Day was celebrated by over R2.5 million people who donated via a R10 sticker, to persons with disabilities. All in all R28 million was raised.

People who bought their stickers from any one of the 300 participating organisations and schools can rest assured that the money they donated went to sustain these organisations, providing education, shelter, assistive devices, transport and accommodation to the persons with disabilities in their care.

All the organsations that participate in Casual Day are appropriately registered entities with their governance in place. For a full list, email info@casday.co.za and zaza@casday.co.za

People who buy their stickers at retail outlets often wonder where the money goes. The funds are distributed amongst Casual Day’s 12 national beneficiary organisations who cover the entire spectrum of persons with disabilities. They are all over the country and you are able to meet them and see they work they do.

Sponsored by the Edcon Group, Casual Day is on Friday 4 September 2015.

The theme for 2015 is Spring into Action – so take your inspiration from the birds and the bees, the skies of blue, the colours of the rainbow, the blossoms on the trees and the minty hue of new leaves. Our colour for the year is refreshing, zingy mint.

The project is owned and managed on behalf of the national beneficiaries by the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA). This organisation works at government level to improve conditions for persons with disabilities around human rights, transport, jobs and other national issues.

Each province has a provincial branch, called Associations for Persons with Disabilities and each of these have smaller branches in towns and suburbs. The task of these branches is to create jobs, to provide accommodation and support and to represent persons with disabilities in the communities, providing assistive devices, programmes for education and training, and lobbying for rights.

To contact NCPPDSA and its branches, contact: witness.sibiya@ncppdsa.org.za

The South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) has its head office in Pretoria and acts as a coordinating body for many organisations providing services to persons with visual impairment. Through a network of over 100 member organisations, the SANCB supports and facilitates the prevention of blindness, rehabilitation, community development, training and education of South Africans with visual impairments.

The organisation supplies assistive devices and various technologies to assist persons with visual impairments to function within society. It also creates awareness of the skills, capacities and abilities of persons with visual impairments and provides training in at its Optima College.

SANCB’s education and training division currently supports 21 schools by conducting workshops for educators and lobbying with government on the challenges which face these schools.

To find out more about SANCB visit www.sancb.org.za

The South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) has as its main goal the development of equal, caring services for people having difficulty coping with everyday life, and those with intellectual and/or psychiatric disability. The organisation also creates awareness around mental health issues within communities and strives for the recognition and protection of the rights of individuals with intellectual and/or psychiatric disability. Combating stigma and discrimination is also an important task, as well as forming community self-help groups, preparing and disseminating educational material concerning mental well-being, and conducts research into the causes, incidence and treatment of intellectual and psychiatric disabilities.

July is the organisation’s Psychosocial Disability Awareness month, focusing on mental health in the workplace.