Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Just the Way You Are ... Celeste Vinassa, Bernadette Rigney & Terry-Ann Adams

The purpose of the Casual Day Ambassadors’ Programme is to provide inspiration and motivation to participants and beneficiaries, thereby driving sticker donations. Casual Day ambassadors create awareness by telling their own stories and their quest is for respect and acknowledgement for persons with disabilities. Casual Day ambassadors bring magic into the lives of children and adults with disabilities.


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We chatted to Casual Day Project Leader,  Celeste Vinassa, Bernadette Rigney and Terry-Ann Adams, two of Casual Day's ambassadors.  “Casual Day relies on volunteers and people who use their celebrity status to bring about greater awareness of the mission of Casual Day," says Celeste. "They are happy to speak about their own experiences to give their followers a deeper understanding of what Casual Day is and how it benefits persons with disabilities. They assist participants and beneficiaries to raise donations, appearing on TV and radio shows as advocates for the project.”

Bernadette Rigney, Transformation and Disability Awareness Officer, City of Johannesburg, was born with a rare condition called Arthrogryposis, which affects the joints and limits the range of motion in her hands and legs. Bernadette is also a motivational speaker and she says she stays positive by surrounding herself with amazing friends who don’t see her as disabled. “I don’t see life as a challenge, it’s more of an adventure,” she says. “Dreams have this li’l habit of coming true!” She has an infectious smile and a sunny outlook which attracts positive and happy people to her.

Terry-Ann Adams: “I have cried many tears, experienced prejudice and mocking; I have been spat on, laughed at and thrown around all because of my disability. But I have achieved much. I have learned to fight. I have learned that life does not come easy. Most importantly I have learned that my albinism does not define me.”




It is so easy to support Casual Day! R10 can make a huge difference in the lives of so many people.

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Thought of the Day:

Tune in at 17h30 to the iStart2 Show on Radio Today 1485 AM in Jozi, Nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 869 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Show hosted by Pierre du Toit and the beautiful Keitu Gwangwa. The show is broadcast every Monday at 17h30 and repeated on Thursdays at 17h30 (SA Time).