Following the success of the 2011 Regional Psychosocial Support Forum REPSSI announce the 2013 edition of the Regional Psychosocial Support Forum. The forum will take place in Nairobi, Kenya and is co-hosted by REPSSI and African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN). In addition to our invitation and find information about the 2013 forum and we encourage you to participate in social media trending, while our key speakers and partners will be available for the interviews and comments. The Media Team MEDIA INVITE & RELEASE Regional Psychosocial Support Forum 2013 29 - 31 October 2013 Kenyatta international Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya Members of the media are invited to a Cocktail Press Conference for the opening of this event on Monday the 28th at 7 pm @ Laico Regency Hotel, Uhuru Highway, Nairobi, Kenya RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org NB: Foreign media are welcome to send representatives to attend on their behalf. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SECURING EVERY CHILD’S RIGHT TO HOPE AND DIGNITY SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg, October 21, 2013. Every child has the right to emotional support, care and protection from within the home, the system and the country. The implementation of psychosocial support to meet this right and ensure that children have love, care and protection on all levels has been proven effective around the world. From the 29 -31 October, the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) in partnership with the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) the Government of Kenya and the East African Community join forces to corroborate, engage and address some key issues in the implementation of psychosocial support in child protection frameworks. The second Regional Psychosocial Support Forum 2013 is taking place at the Kenyatta international Conference Centre in Nairobi. Following the success of the initial forum which . . .
• Botswana leads African prosperity rankings, while Rwanda & Senegal rise into the top ten. • Index reveals a significant drop for Mali and Malawi, now ranking outside of the top ten. • Insight on Africa special report launched ahead of the global Legatum Prosperity Index™. Reform and build are the watchwords in Africa as this year’s regional Legatum Institute Prosperity Index™ rankings reveal a continent on the right path to prosperity. A new report, Insight on Africa, from the Legatum Institute shows that economic growth, improving health standards and greater foreign and domestic investment – amongst other factors – are having a positive impact on prosperity in the region. However, to continue their progress African states need to undertake further reforms, build better institutions, and improve education and infrastructure. The report ranks 38 countries in the continent based on their overall level of prosperity according to national wealth and wellbeing in eight sub-categories¹. It investigates changing demographics, safety, and corruption in the continent, as well as assessing Africa’s performance against the Millennium Development Goals. Insight on Africa will be launched at the African Leadership Network’s annual conference “The Gathering” in Mauritius, ahead of the full global Prosperity Index™ being published on the 29th October. Botswana leads the African rankings, scoring well in both the Governance and the Entrepreneurship & Opportunity sub-indices. South Africa ranks second in prosperity. Rwanda has experienced a jump from 13th to 9th in the rankings this year, with strong scores in Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Governance, and Health. The Index reveals cause for concern for Mali, however, falling from 8th to 13th in ranking. The path to prosperity also remains long for Malawi, which has seen a huge fall from 9th to 21st this year. The full rankings for the continent are included below. Nathan Gamester, . . .
For the second consecutive year, audiences at the National Arts Festival dipped their hands in their wallets to show appreciation to South African artists who can no longer perform due to illness or infirmity. The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF) partner on the first Monday of the Festival to raise the profile of the TBF and support the work of the Fund. This year, audiences at the National Arts Festival contributed R54 000.00 towards the Theatre Benevolent Fund and the Standard Bank provided a matching contribution to raise the total amount to R108 000.00. “We extend our appreciation to our generous audiences who have demonstrated their compassion for the artists who have entertained and inspired them over the years,” said the Festival’s Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed, when he jointly presented a cheque with Standard Bank arts sponsorship manager, Mandie van der Spuy to the Theatre Benevolent Fund. “We are also grateful to our sponsor Standard Bank for matching the contribution raised by audiences at the Festival. This is a wonderful indicator that the Festival, our audiences, our sponsor and the Theatre Benevolent Fund have a shared vision and passion to allow artists to enjoy their dignity even when they are in their twilight years” he added. The TBF is a welfare and humanitarian fund that helps maintain the dignity of professional performers after they have taken their last bow and the curtain has fallen on their working lives. The Fund supports individuals who have been connected to the performing arts on a professional basis, and who now find themselves in financial difficulties due to old age or ill health, by providing care to them in the form of monthly financial grants; donations for funeral expenses; assistance with medical expenses; placement in care centres or old age homes. “The Theatre Benevolent Fund was overwhelmed by the generosity of Standard Bank, in agreeing to match all donations made by . . .
The SA.MAST sterilisation clinic is in need of assistance with a vehicle donation or sponsorship towards the purchase of one. Based in G section of Khayelitsha, SA.MAST undertake animal sterilisation programmes in communities that are unable to support and care for these animals and provide emergency medical assistance. On 5 September 2013, Vuyolwethu Ponono, team Leader at the clinic and senior community liaison officer, was involved in a head-on collision and the Nissan NP200 he was driving is severely damaged. Vuyolwethu has sustained minor injuries but the accident brings the entire Sterilisation, Emergency Medical Assist Programme and kennel distribution project to a grinding halt. According to their insurance company, it will take a minimum of four weeks for any pay-out to be confirmed. Tamsin Nel, Managing Director of SA.MAST says: “They say no good deed goes unpunished and it seems that this will be a case in point. Yesterday, using only two vehicles, we managed to deliver thirteen kennels, rescue nine animals that were severely neglected and abused, including a young mommy cat suffering from horrific burns to much of her body because she had been doused in boiling water (her two kittens were also in a very bad state, suffering from malnourishment) and rush a total of three patients off to hospital for emergency medical treatment. Independent Newspapers are loaning us a truck to complete kennel deliveries, but we’re still in need of a bakkie to continue doing the work that people rely on us to do.” If you are able to sponsor a vehicle or donate towards the purchase of a replacement, please email email@example.com or call the clinic on 021 712 2170 or 084 778 1215. More Info link:: http://www.samast.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/sa_mast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricaMassAnimalSterilisationTrust?ref=hl YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NnRhgQoxo8 Author: Lika Tolken from MANGO-OMC. Originally distributed . . .
The Think Beyond team, Patrick Mashegwana and Khumo Moyane, whose aim is to inspire and provide leadership to young people, have joined Casual Day as ambassadors. “As Casual Day draws near we are focusing a lot of our time raising awareness around this project, which raises funds for persons with disabilities,” says Patrick, a youth activist, rapper and DJ. “We have thrown our weight behind the project because of its empowerment objectives. It is incredible when South Africans can act in unison to create a positive effect. This they do by donating R10 for a sticker and making Casual Day a memorable event.” According to Patrick, Think Beyond is “a philanthropic fraternity that uses inspirational rhetoric and pop culture to encourage and inspire the youth to become ambassadors of social transformation, become self-reliant and help enhance the South African education system”. Patrick and Khumo, who travel the country giving motivational talks at schools and community gatherings, join Casual Day’s other ambassadors, Shado Twala, Philicity Reeken, Nicole Laxton and reigning Miss SA, Marilyn Ramos, in supporting Casual Day. By supporting the Casual Day campaign, they are helping to raise awareness of the needs of all persons with disabilities. This week they paid a visit to Khumo’s Alma Mater, Pretoria School, a school for learners with Cerebral Palsy, physical and learning disabilities. Khumo, who is a wheelchair user says, “It is appropriate for Think Beyond to include the Casual Day family in our philanthropic fraternity. I was very fortunate because my family valued education and I was able to build on my strengths at school. My school and my teachers helped me to think beyond my limitations. Many children with disabilities are outside the school system and part of what Casual Day does is raise funds to ensure the sustainability of schools and early learning centres for children with disabilities. Education is so important for building self-esteem and . . .
The 19th Casual Day is set to make a big impact on the lives of persons with disabilities. This year’s Go Big theme will be celebrated nationally on Friday 6 September 2013 by approximately two million South Africans who will participate by donating their R10 for the official Casual Day sticker. Casual Day is South Africa’s foremost fundraising campaign for persons with disabilities and is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA). Casual Day has become a firm favourite on the calendar of many of South Africa’s businesses, government departments, schools and organizations rendering services to persons with disabilities. It is an excellent opportunity for corporate team building, whilst also making a contribution to one of the country’s most vulnerable sectors of society; persons with disabilities. Some Casual Day participants will be going really big, for example, the Department of Defence has planned an airshow and tattoo at Zwartkops Airbase to which everyone is invited. Casual Day principal financial sponsor is organising an activation and hosting several disability groups at their head office. Major events are being hosted by Casual Day’s big corporate supporters’ offices, including ABSA, Airports Company of South Africa, MTN, Transnet and Liberty Life, while educational institutions like Unisa are coming to the party by raising donations for stickers on campus and hosting major events. The rural and outlying areas of South Africa are always abuzz with excitement over Casual Day. The small town of Springbok in the Northern Cape is having a street parade and welcoming Casual Day Ride for Hope amputee cyclist Helgard Muller. The NCPPDSA’s provincial branches, called Associations for Persons with Disabilities, are each organising huge gatherings. The Free State Association for Persons with Disabilities has arranged a parade and entertainment in Bloemfontein. “Casual Day is the most fun you can have on a . . .
One hundred mobility-impaired Nelson Mandela Bay residents received brand-new wheelchairs at the official handover ceremony for the SPAR Wheelchair Wednesday initiative, which took place at the NMB Stadium on Wednesday. Speaking at the event, the Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) chairman Garth van Niekerk reminded the assembled guests what the wheelchairs meant to their recipients. "Don't feel sorry for these people. They are not stuck in wheelchairs – they are stuck without them," he said. SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart said the retail chain had jumped at the opportunity to assume the title sponsorship for such a worthy cause this year. With some 75 000 metro residents classified as "disabled", Swart said they formed a significant part of the retailer's customer base. "Our involvement in this initiative has really opened our eyes to the needs of people with disabilities. SPAR Eastern Cape continually strives to improve their shopping experience in each of our stores." In addition to the wheelchairs, which were supplied by the Wheelchair Foundation in the United States, the five-week fundraising and awareness campaign also grossed over R400 000 for the APD in the metro. According to the association's executive director Brian Bezuidenhout, the proceeds would be channelled towards the operating costs of the organisation's training and job creation workshops. Bezuidenhout said they employed 130 people with disabilities, teaching them marketable skills such as sewing, embroidery and screen-printing. The APD workshops also handled a number of corporate contracts, such as the upholstery work for a local bus company, as well as the production of corporate clothing and uniforms for various schools, he said. Now in its second year, the SPAR Wheelchair Wednesday initiative saw almost 200 able-bodied participants experiencing the accessibility challenges that people in wheelchairs face in going about their daily . . .
Casual Day ambassador Nicole Laxton has dedicated the month of August, which is Women’s Month, to visiting children with disabilities at the Sunshine Early Learning Centre in Elsburg, Germiston. She says: “The reason for the celebrating the act of female solidarity in 1956, when women marched on the Union Buildings in protest against the pass laws, is now much wider. The day is devoted to the recognition of the accomplishment of all women. I would like to commend the mothers of the wonderful children that I have met at the centre, for their spirit and courage,” says Nicole. The 19-year-old’s empathy for persons with disabilities is partly as a result of being diagnosed with Absence Epilepsy when she was 9 years old, but she has never allowed her condition to stand in the way of achieving her dreams and goals. “I speak from my own experience, but I am eager to get involved with creating awareness around other conditions,” says Nicole. Her commitment to community service projects is evident in her appointment as Youth Ambassador for Epilepsy SA when she was only 16 years of age and more recently Ambassador for Casual Day. Not only has Nicole been chosen as a finalist for the Miss Earth SA 2013 competition, but she was recently awarded a Presidential Scholarship to study Fine Arts at Pratt University in New York. It consistently ranks amongst the Top 10 Art Schools in the world. It is her strong affinity for people and her deep connection to the environment that inspires her to create artworks that have deep meaning and that resonate a strong message to everyone that experiences them. She has a deep concern for the “incredible human suffering of people living on the African continent as well as the destruction of the environment and our animals”. Her research into these problems has shown her that a lot of it is synonymous with poverty. As a young South African she feels compelled to try and make a difference. She says she is constantly reminded by . . .
Current Miss SA Marilyn Ramos spent an inspiring morning at the Sunshine Centre in Craighall Park, an organisation dedicated to early childhood development of children with disabilities, to show her support for Casual Day. She met the children, inspected the school and spent a few hours exchanging Casual Day stickers and dispensing hugs. Marilyn is passionate about children, and has spent much of her reign so far advocating and caring for vulnerable children. By supporting Sunshine Centre’s Casual Day campaign, she is helping to raise awareness of the needs of children with disabilities. Sunshine Centre is a top performer in the country’s most successful fundraising campaign, which last year raised a staggering R22.2 million for organisations around the country. Marilyn donned her Casual Day golf shirt and cap, and found a special place near her heart for her Casual Day sticker. Through her work with various children’s organisations, Marilyn has become aware of the importance of children’s development, especially in the first 1 000 days of their lives. Gerda Brown, GM of the Sunshine Association, said the aim of Sunshine’s programmes are to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities in regular programmes and community life. “Our Start Programme is an indigenous training programme developed by the Sunshine Association. We also cater for able-bodied preschool children as part of the Inclusion Programme. We have a shortfall in our funding from government and the funds we raise through Casual Day really help to close that gap.” Said Marilyn, “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help you kickstart your Casual Day campaign. Go big and wear your sticker.” She will be tweeting her encouragement during the month before Casual Day. Said project leader Celeste Vinassa, “By adding her support to the Sunshine Centre’s Casual Day campaign and Casual Day in general, Marilyn is inspiring others to participate in Casual Day.” This year Casual Day . . .
Casual Day, SA’s most loved fundraising project for persons with disabilities has chosen Pantone 17-5641 Emerald, the Colour of the Year for 2013, as the guideline for the colour choice for the 2013 campaign. “Pantone is the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries, and each year Pantone decides on a colour that influences fashion, home, industrial and graphic design for a year,” explains Casual Day project leader Celeste Vinassa. “Colour communicates subliminally with its audience and we at Casual Day like to be on trend. Pantone looks to everything from new films, art, music, technology and even to sports. Although the project is a fundraiser, we encourage people to have as much fun as possible, and go over the top for a day.” Pantone 17-5641 Emerald is a lively, radiant, lush green and you will see it represented in the sticker design and all the marketing collateral. “We have used a range of greens and blues, giving the overall impression of emerald. Able, the Casual Day mascot, can be seen wearing a green wig. According to Pantone “emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony”. Vinassa says that emerald is the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity and is synchronous with Casual Day’s new era. “When designing any campaign, colour is critical to its success. Each year we change the look-and-feel of the campaign, using the theme and the colour of the year as a catalyst. The Casual Day brand is now in its 19th year and it is a firm favourite with its fans, but we always need to expand our footprint.” According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, “Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home . . .