Miss South African 2014, Rolene Strauss continued a 20 year tradition by showing her support for Casual Day. She recently visited a Casual Day participating school for children with disabilities and found a special place for her Casual Day sticker.
By lending her voice to those of the millions of South Africans who participate in Casual Day, she is making a big impact on the lives of persons with disabilities all over the country. She said, “Bring out the bling for Casual Day – and wear your sticker!”
A fourth year medical student, Rolene is passionate about health and women – and really enjoyed interacting with the children at Alma School in Pretoria, which provides education, physiotherapy, transport and assistive devices to children with cerebral palsy, intellectual and physical disabilities.
Said project leader Celeste Vinassa, “By adding her support to Alma School’s Casual Day campaign, Rolene will be helping them meet their financial targets. Although many schools with disabilities receive some financial assistance from government, the extra funds they raise through Casual Day really makes a huge difference in the services they can render. Rolene is a caring person, after all she is training to be a physician, and her involvement will inspire others to participate in Casual Day.
The 21-year-old who hails from Volksrust in Mpumalanga but currently lives in Bloemfontein.
Remember, remember Casual Day is on Friday 5 September
Casual Day is South Africa’s most successful fundraising project for persons with disabilities – and the amount raised for last year has climbed to R24.8 million. Sponsored by The Edcon Group, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), which this year celebrates 75 years of service to the community of persons with disabilities.
The theme is Bring out the Bling.
The beneficiaries of Casual Day are:
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.