Supporting a baby in need is only a nappy away

THE Nappy Collective is gearing up to launch its 11th nappy drive, a two-week campaign that calls on babies and parents throughout Australia to donate unused, disposable nappies.

By simply donating leftover, unused disposable nappies, local residents can help create a huge impact to families in need.

Local parents and babies can pitch in by donating their nappies to Ciguena Bebe, which acts as an official drop point in Moonah.

Other public drop points in the northern suburbs include the Brighton Community Health Centre, Crocs Playcentre (Derwent Park), Glenorchy Community Health Centre, New Norfolk District Hospital and The Parenting Centre (New Town).

According to the most recent study conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 311,000 babies are born in Australia each year, equating to between 600,000 and 900,000 nappy-wearing babies and toddlers.

The Nappy Collective, the only organisation solely focused on nappy relief in Australia, has amassed donations of more than two million nappies to date.

Supporting more than 200 beneficiaries, such as the Hobart Women’s Shelter and Jireh House, each drive provides women and children across Australia with basic necessities at acute moments of crisis.

The Nappy Collective chief executive officer Lani Masuku said the organisation was determined to reach a target of collecting three million nappies by 2019.

Ms Masuku said she was excited by the prospect of significant impact and growth for The Nappy Collective over the next 12 months.

“We’re looking to reach the parents and families of all the 900,000 nappy wearing babies and toddlers to help us create basic positive change.

“Our beneficiary organisations are always critically desperate for nappies, an item that does not receive government support.

“The campaigns are not only an opportunity to address this need, but they also provide parents and families with the opportunity to educate their children about positive change, doing good and giving back before they even know what social change is.”

The provision of nappies, a basic necessity for the care of a child, removes a financial and logistical barrier and can improve the mental wellbeing for women and parents in crisis.

The majority of nappies will be distributed to women who have fled to the safety of a shelter with nothing but their child in their arms after a family violence occurrence.

May’s nappy drive will run until Friday 18 May.

To find the nearest drop point or learn more about The Nappy Collective, visit www.thenappycollective.com.au

Caption: The Nappy Collective’s annual nappy drive will run until Friday 18 May.

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