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Reach For A Dream Foundation announces Slipper Day

Slipper Day has announced that it is back on Friday, 5 May. Slipper Day says that it calls on all South Africans to donate their small change to help children who are battling life-threatening illnesses — individuals can do this by purchasing supporter stickers valued at R20 each. 

According to the event, South Africans can help these children reach for their dreams and earn the right to wear their fluffy slippers on Slipper Day.

Since its inauguration in KwaZulu-Natal in 2011, this fun fundraising campaign has grown into a nationwide movement, with everyone from office workers to school children wearing their bunny-eared and fuzzy slippers instead of shoes, says the event.

All proceeds raised from the day go to Reach For A Dream, a leading non-profit organisation, to help children fight a serious disease by making their dreams — such as swimming with dolphins, meeting an idol or celebrity or getting a new doll house — come true.

According to the event, this not only gives these youngsters and their families an invaluable respite from daily stressors associated with ill health but stirs up much-needed courage and hope, helping these little ones believe that tomorrow is worth fighting for.

“Slipper Day is our biggest annual fundraiser with all funds going towards fulfilling the dreams of children who are facing some of the toughest challenges life can throw at them. This year, we’re calling on all South Africans to step up and support Slipper Day not only to celebrate these brave dreamers but inspire hope among them, so they know that no matter what obstacles arise, they are never alone in their journey,” says Julia Sotirianakos, CEO of Reach For A Dream.

Last year, Reach For A Dream raised over R8.3 million — this year they say that it is aiming even higher with a goal of raising R10 million to help 2 000 children.

Locals are invited to visit to purchase a pair of slippers or socks, and to bulk order your Slipper Day stickers.

Slipper Day stickers will also be available for purchase at retail partners:

  • Wimpy
  • Pick ‘n Pay
  • Dis-Chem Pharmacies
  • ToyZone, and
  • Dis-Chem Baby City.

Step up and do the Slipper Shuffle
Reach For A Dream has also launched the Slipper Shuffle dance challenge to get the public on their feet and into their slippers to raise awareness for Slipper Day.

Get ready to move and groove to a new hybrid dance track called ‘Step Up’. Featuring the vocals of Bronté Borcherds a singer and was composed and produced by Neil Engel of Freq’ncy Audio. TikTok sensation and teacher, Mrs Bullock has choreographed the Slipper Shuffle — a simple, five-step dance sequence, which can be easily executed in your favourite pair of slippers.

To learn the moves, individuals can visit Reach For A Dream’s YouTube channel and watch the step-by-step tutorial or the full 30-second Slipper Shuffle. Remember to hashtag ‘#ReachForADream’, ‘#SlipperShuffle’ and ‘#SlipperDay2023’.

“Getting involved with Slipper Day is an easy way to do something meaningful while having fun and supporting an incredible cause! So, step up, wear your supporter sticker and slippers on Friday, 5 May and do the Slipper Shuffle to help make dreams come true,” concludes Sotirianakos.

For more information, visit You can also follow Reach For A Dream Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or on Instagram.

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