Casual Day

Casual Day Quick Facts

2024 Date6 September 2024
2025 Date5 September 2025

Casual Day

Casual Day is an annual fundraising event held in South Africa to raise awareness and funds for persons with disabilities. This observance promotes inclusivity, understanding, and supports the integration of individuals with disabilities into society. The campaign encourages participants to wear specially designed stickers and dress casually for the day, with a different theme chosen each year for participants to embrace.

The inception of Casual Day dates back to 1995 when the first event was organised by the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA). Since then, the event has grown in both participation and impact, raising millions of Rands for various disability organisations and projects across the country. Casual Day has become a significant observance in South Africa, creating an important platform for disability awareness and empowering persons with disabilities by providing resources, support, and promoting accessibility.

The celebration of Casual Day in South Africa entails participants purchasing a specially designed sticker as part of their donation to the cause. By wearing this sticker, participants showcase their support while simultaneously enjoying a casual dress code for the day. Often, schools, businesses and organisations also organise various events and activities to further engage their community and strengthen their commitment to disability awareness and inclusion. Casual Day typically takes place on the first Friday of September in South Africa.

Casual Day Facts

  • According to Disabled World, it is estimated that in 2023 there are about 60-80 million people living with disabilities in Africa.
  • The theme for Casual Day in 2023 was #ShareASmile!
  • In 2022, Casual Day helped to raise more than R411 million for persons with disabilities.
  • According to the World Health Organization, around 15% of the world's population, which is approximately 1 billion people, live with some form of disability, making it one of the largest minority groups globally.
  • Access to sports and recreational activities is essential for the well-being of people with disabilities, both in terms of physical health and social inclusion. Adaptive sports allow individuals with disabilities to participate in and enjoy activities they may not otherwise be able to.
  • Including people with disabilities in decision-making processes and mainstream services helps eliminate barriers and fosters a more inclusive society. This involves recognizing and valuing the diverse skills and contributions that people with disabilities bring to the table.

Casual Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Support and attend disability sports events such as the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled. These events showcase the athletic talents of disabled individuals and promote inclusivity in sports.
  • Connect with local disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) such as Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) or South African Disability Alliance (SADA). These organizations work towards disability awareness and empowerment of disabled individuals.
  • Explore tourist destinations and attractions that are known for their accessibility and inclusive facilities. Some examples include the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, accessible safari lodges in game reserves, and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
  • Attend performances, exhibitions, or festivals that showcase the artistic talents of disabled individuals. Organizations like the Remix Dance Project or the Artscape Theater in Cape Town promote inclusive arts and highlight the abilities of disabled artists.

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