NewsDay is this year joining the rest of the world in commemorating Casual Day, a fundraising project held on the first Friday of the month of September aimed at benefiting people with disabilities.
Beginning this year NewsDay will be challenging corporates to participate in the event for which Zimbabweans will dress differently and wear a Casual Day sticker showing their commitment to support the disabled.
To begin with, various fundraising activities will be conducted on the day with the aim of reaching out to children at Marcelin’s Children’s Home in Hatfield.
Founded by Norman McDonald, the children’s home caters for 76 abandoned, orphaned, abused and disabled children.
McDonald said some of the children had serious disabilities and were wheelchair bound, including one who had a deformed spinal cord.
“They desperately need tables for their wheelchairs and other requirements like sheets, pillows, towels and basic sanitarywear and we are trying to teach them to use these things on their own,” he said.
He said that the home requires a lot of basic commodities such as rice, sugar and maize-meal.
“I have noticed that the kids love to do each other’s hair and recently they asked me for black cotton thread but unfortunately we didn’t have any so we would appreciate it if they got some,” said McDonald.
Casual Day has become South Africa’s foremost event of this nature, which does more than just raise money but also raises awareness about persons with disabilities, opportunities for corporate partnership and community support.