Call to donate unused nappies

May 17, 2018

Steph Ryan meets staff, pupils and parents at the Australian Christian College.

State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan is again participating in the Nappy Collective drive this year and is asking people to donate unused nappies to the cause.

‘‘The Nappy Collective is a program, which collects leftover unused disposable nappies and redistributes them to organisations that support families in crisis or in need,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Nappies are a basic healthcare need and a lack of sufficient nappies can lead to an array of problems for disadvantaged families.

‘‘A handful of leftover nappies might not mean much to one or two families, but collectively we can make a huge difference in the lives of people who need it most.’’

Ms Ryan said donations could come from anywhere.

‘‘Last year the drive got great support from the district,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Students at Devenish Primary School generously pooled their money and purchased nappies to support the cause.

‘‘Nappies cost an average of 45 cents each and with newborns using up to 3000 nappies in their first year, nappies are one of the largest ongoing costs of raising a young family.

‘‘Families across our region are struggling with cost-of-living pressures. Essential items like nappies add additional pressure to most families, let alone those experiencing crisis or disadvantage.

‘‘I’m excited to be part of this great initiative and I hope it gets great support from around the community again.’’

The Nappy Collective was started by a group of Melbourne mums who found themselves with a handful of leftover nappies. They decided that collectively their nappies could make a big difference.

The Nappy Collective drive is on in May and nappies can be dropped at Steph Ryan’s office, 25 Bridge Street, Benalla.

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