“Vodacom Bulls lead from the front to give generous, and very visible, support to Casual Day,” says NCPD national director Therina Wentzel.
The Vodacom Bulls are throwing their support behind Casual Day 2017 to highlight the Casual Day 2017 theme: Celebrate diversity with persons with disabilities.
The team is using the match against the DHL Stormers this Saturday, 15 July 2017, to encourage fans from Mamelodi to Muizenberg (and everywhere in between) to get behind Casual Day and make this one the biggest, most successful ever!
It’s their way of reminding the nation that persons with disabilities are a part of the uniquely rich, textured, diverse fabric of South African life: a diversity that’s absolutely worth celebrating.
Celebrating diversity is, indeed, what’s set to happen at Loftus this Saturday. The Vodacom Bulls have invited rapper 2J Harmonix and artist Ricardo Riky K to entertain fans before the game on the D-field (entertainment area) with a fabulous blend of music, performance poetry and rap.
In this, the Vodacom Bulls join more than 4 500 companies, 100 schools and 400 other organisations that have thrown their weight behind Casual Day, giving material and moral support to thousands of persons with disabilities, and showing the world that South Africans warmly embrace the diversity that persons with disabilities bring to our communities.
Shanil Mangaroo, Bulls spokesperson, says the whole team – players, administrators and managers – fully support the work of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). “The Vodacom Bulls work with the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund that has done amazing work and provides help to South African rugby players who experience severe injuries, [the] repercussions [of which] are sometimes permanent.”
The Vodacom Bulls also support the BokSmart programme that works across the country for rugby safety: from school level right up to the national team.
“Rugby is the world’s most exciting, flamboyant, beautiful team game. It unites millions around the world and inspires great passion in fans. But it’s also a high-risk game for players. We are ever cognisant of this at the Vodacom Bulls. We urge all our supporters and every rugby fan in South Africa to buy a Casual Day sticker this year and celebrate diversity with us,” Mangaroo says.
The Bulls support Dyllan Beneckhe, the Pretoria Boys High old boy who suffered a neck injury when he played in an Under-16 match in 2014 and who is now a wheelchair user as a result of the injury.
This Saturday, the Vodacom Bulls have given the NCPD space at Loftus Versfeld for a Casual Day stand, where Casual Day stickers and merchandise will be sold. Able (Casual Day’s bright blue mascot) will entertain fans both on and off the field.
Mangaroo says: “We’ve always had a great relationship with Casual Day. The whole team, from players through to management and administrators, truly appreciates the work of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities. They inspire us. We want to increase awareness around their work by sharing our platforms with them.”
“It’s just brilliant to get a platform like this for Casual Day,” says NCPD national director Therina Wentzel. “We thank and congratulate the Bulls for leading from the front, and giving us this generous – and very visible – support. South Africa is the world’s most diverse nation. We invite all South Africans to celebrate true diversity with us this year and get a R10 Casual day sticker to wear proudly on September 1.”
Casual Day celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year. It’s grown in this time from a mere blip on the South African calendar to one of the nation’s biggest and most important celebratory days, with more and more people showing support by embracing the diversity that persons with disabilities bring into communities, workplaces and lives.
Casual Day is a flagship project of the NCPD, which supports organisations for persons with disabilities across the country. Casual Day is celebrated every year on 1 September.
About 2J Harmonix and Ricardo Riky J
2J Harmonix is Pretoria-born and bred, and a massive Vodacom Bulls fan. He is a Casual Day ambassador whom is a wheelchair user owing to muscular dystrophy. Ricardo Riky K, also a Casual Day ambassador, hails from Paarl in the Northern Cape and is a DHL Stormers fan. Besides being a poet and entertainer, he’s also an outspoken champion for persons with disabilities, and works tirelessly for community upliftment and development in his home town.