On 7 March, Casual Day hosted a “Breakfast with the Stars” at Gallegher Estates, to launch this years campaign in Johannesburg and give out the awards for those who performed well in 2013. The gathering consisted of members from project beneficiaries and participants.

Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), which celebrates 75 years of service to the community of persons with disabilities this year. Over past two decades, Casual Day has helped the NCPPDSA work towards their goal of creating a barrier-free and inclusive society for all, raising a whopping R23.5 million last year.

Casual Day celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and will be pulling out all the stops with its “Bring on the Bling” theme, which was announced at the project’s annual awards ceremony in Stellenbosch. Project manager, Cellest had this to say about the theme: “To celebrate Casual Day’s 20th birthday we are inspiring South Africans to dress up, not down. So our message to you is to rustle up a little razzle dazzle. Be creative with glitter, fabric, shiny paper, sequins or just wear your sticker and a posh casual attitude!”

Long-time Casual Day ambassador and award-winning star of stage and screen, Terence Bridgett, was the Master of Ceremonies. He said that he had been involved with Casual Day for two decades and that “Casual Day is not just a commitment for a year or two; it is not just a commitment for a decade or two. I suspect it is a lifetime commitment.”

Casual Day Chairman and Executive Committee member of the NCPPDSA, Mac Mia, said that, “if we are to remain relevant and successful we need to strengthen the Casual Day brand and we need to target our audience as a trustworthy, transparent, acountable and focused campaign.”

Caption:

1. Chantelle Venter from House Otto, Terence Bridgett and Lucas Sithole.

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