The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) is proud to announce the launch of the 2023 Casual Day Fundraising Campaign, taking place on 01 September 2023.

Image supplied by NCPD

Image supplied by NCPD

This year’s theme, #ShareASmile with Persons with Disabilities, aims to promote kindness, goodwill, and positivity in support of persons with disabilities in South Africa.

Casual Day provides much-needed funds for the work of hundreds of schools and organizations in the disability sector, including nine Provincial Associations of and for Persons with Disabilities (APDs) and five nationwide projects/programs. These projects/programs encompass Workplace and Entrepreneurial Projects/Programs, Universal Design and Access Projects, and Gender-Based Violence Awareness and Training Programs. The theme for Casual Day 2023 is banking on a phenomenon that has been neglected for too long – one that must have been known to mankind from the beginning of time: the smile. The NCPD has decided to employ that uplifting, comforting and inspiring facial expression as ally in this year’s campaign under the title SHARE A SMILE. A smile is indicative of the presence of love, kindness, goodwill, caring and many other positive traits in human hearts. The most important characteristic of a smile that the NCPD believe they can utilize, is that it is more infectious than any disease known to man. One smile unmistakeably affects any other human in sight of it, and can cause a smile to appear on that other face instantaneously.

The NCPD is a non-profit organization that works to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, to create an inclusive society where persons with disabilities can fully participate in all spheres of life and enjoy equal rights and freedom. Casual Day is the NCPD’s flagship project and contributes to the funding of over 700 disability sector organisations and schools. Casual Day is an annual fundraising campaign that encourages individuals and organisations to purchase Stickers and Merchandise before the first Friday of September, with a donation of R20 earning every donor a Casual Day sticker.

What to Wear

Image supplied by NCPD

Image supplied by NCPD

The kindest thing you can wear is your  ‘Share A Smile’ Casual Day Sticker and Merchandise – T-Shirts, Caps, Bucket Hats which are available online at https://casualday.co.za/shop/ or via online order form here if you are a company. Donations received from stickers and supporter items directly benefit disability organisations throughout South Africa, be sure to get yours. Pair your sticker with some bright lipstick, facepaint, retro hairdo’s and smile inspired activities (how about hosting a comedy show in support of Casual Day at your school or workplace!).

Stickers are available for a donation of R20 from Associations of and for Persons with Disabilities (APDs), Government Departments, Schools, Alpha Pharm, ESKORT, Clicks, JAM Clothing, Jet, Loot Online, The Hub and Toys R Us or visit Casual Day online at https://casualday.co.za/