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What a difference a day makes: Nicky Seymour at TEDxTableMountain

Nicky Seymour is an Occupational Therapist, who has spent most of her career working in the physical disability and community development sector, seven years of which were spent in Europe and Asia. She returned to South Africa in 2006 where she has been part of an International disability and development organisation. In 2009, along with 3 friends, Nicky co-founded Sisanda FunDaytion and volunteered her time for 3 years until taking a greater role in leading the organisation. The non-profit organisation believes that 'A day can make a difference' in the lives of disadvantaged children as well as in those who spend that day with them, sparking imagination, initiative and a sense of possibility in both. Nicky is no stranger to volunteer work and understands and chooses to share the impact that this can have on people's lives. Her talk explores how 'Giving back' and contributing to change in South Africa can seem very daunting. People often assume that it entails endless amounts of time and money or extraordinary skills and resources, and this perception prevents them from getting involved in social change initiatives. Changing our view of this can have a far-reaching effect. Even starting small, with 'A Day', can have a profound impact. If we look at the obvious as well as the more subtle benefits of interacting with a new environment or person, it's clear that small gestures can have a knock-on effect for the future, making us realise 'What a difference a day makes'.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)Music on the intro/outro by Dominic Whitehouse.
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