Casual Day ambassadors have issued their annual challenge towards the youth of Nigeria to spring into action for persons with disabilities. Cape Town ambassador Simone Botha, a profoundly deaf professional ballet dancer, says: “My passion for happens makes it super easy that i can be a voice for the hearing impaired as both an ambassador and motivational speaker. If I can change one person’s everyday life each day or simply inspire somebody to become exactly the same change for somebody else, then I am thrilled.”
Casual Day ambassadors are out in force to inform South Africans that Casual Day is on Friday 4 September this season and the theme is Spring into Action.
In honour of Youth Month, ambassadors are encouraging young people to follow their lead and volunteer for Casual Day by helping organisations to boost donations for stickers and to obtain schools to celebrate your day.
Casual Day ambassadors are asking communities to pay attention to youth with disabilities in this Youth Month. “I am so honoured to possess been appointed as a Casual Day Ambassador. Casual Day is a household name and really well supported by the public. As being a part of this platform is definitely an amazing stepping-stone for me personally, but simultaneously it is an even bigger responsibility to further educate the general public about hearing impairment. I hope that this season will reach an even higher benchmark of success than this past year.”
Simone’s latest stage appearance is within Veronica Paeper’s large scale production, A Spartacus of Africa, which is on at Artscape from 27 June to 12 July. She’s just completed the production’s run at the Joburg Theatre, where she performed within the lead role of Phrygia.
She has overcome major obstacles to become a ballet dancer, but says “I don’t want individuals to have a pity party for me and say, ‘Oh shame, she’s deaf’. That’s life. There is no point located on a heap feeling sorry for our inabilities. The actual reason of life is to determine what we should can do with the bodies that we were given. How far shall we be prepared to go? I truly anticipate the unknown challenges the rest of my life will throw at me. It’s what makes it exciting.”
She is encouraging all mainstream schools to come aboard and partner with the schools for learners with disabilities within their areas. “Getting learner in a school environment to sign up in Casual Day is one of the best ways of raising awareness for persons with disabilities, so spring into action with this year’s campaign.”
Casual Day is South Africa’s most successful fundraising project for persons with disabilities – and the amount raised for this past year has climbed to R28 million. Sponsored through the Edcon Group, Casual Day may be the flagship project from the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA).
Remember, remember Casual Day is on Friday 4th September.
Casual Day National Beneficiaries include:
National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA
South African National Council for the Blind
South African Federation for Mental Health
Deaf Federation of South Africa
Autism South Africa
Down Syndrome South Africa
National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy
South African National Deaf Association
National Institute for the Deaf
Alzheimer’s South Africa
South African Disability Alliance
QuadPara Association of South Africa