Members of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities’at the celebration.
The National Council for Persons with Disabilities’ recently celebrated 25 years of their advocacy campaign- Casual Day.
A glamorous event was held at the Enchanted Gardens venue to commemorate the auspicious occasion.
‘Time to Shine with Persons with Disabilities’ was announced as the Casual Day theme for this year.
According to the NCDP, Casual Day is not only about fundraising but also about standing up for human rights.
It is about getting people to talk about inclusive policies and to demand an equitable and accessible world for persons with disabilities.
Addressing the crowd at the function, national director of NCDP, Therina Wentzel-DuToit said, “The last 25 years of Casual Day have shown us that there is no limit to the brilliance that is created when South Africans unite behind a cause like this. The centres we work with are giving persons with disabilities a means to earn a living, support their families and contribute to the economy.”
According to Wenzel- DuToit, persons with disabilities now have the means to engage in broader society.
Because of the money that is raised on Casual Day, more and more buildings and workplaces are becoming inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities.
She added that although there were improvements that have been made, there was still a long way to go.
“We need equity and accessibility at our schools, tertiary campuses and workplaces. We need public transport that works for everybody. This is the only way to ensure that the human rights of persons with disabilities receive the attention they deserve,” she said.
To ensure that this work gets done, Casual Day needs the support of all South Africans and is urging the community to support the cause by placing their orders for t-shirts and casual day stickers.
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