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Children with disabilities
Deserving of dignity, respect & non-discrimination

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The nappy represents many of the challenges and needs facing children with disabilities, and the failure of society and government to adequately support this vulnerable group. Many children with disabilities require nappies due to their disabilities that may impair control of their bladder and bowel movements.

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The expense of nappies is sadly something which many families or caregivers cannot afford. Children with disabilities are often left in the appalling state of being wet, uncomfortable, and at risk because their caregivers don’t have access to enough clean nappies to meet their physical needs. As the nappy is an essential health item that government is liable to provide, their lack of accountability to provide nappies is unacceptable.

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We believe that children with disabilities need to have their dignity and rights upheld, and their health and physical needs met. So join us by donating towards nappies for our children with disabilities and/ or participating in the annual Nappy Run event taking place at Johannesburg Zoo on the 2 November 2019 at 07h30 (registration opens at 06h30).

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What We Do

Nappy Run, started in 2011 by the National Council of & for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), is an annual national awareness and nappy donation-drive campaign. The purpose of the campaign is primarily aimed at educating the public on the violation of the rights of our country’s most marginalized and vulnerable group of people – our children with disabilities. Furthermore, Nappy Run appeals to the public for online donations which go towards the purchase of nappies – a vital incontinence-management product for children with disabilities.

Nappy Run runs from 3 October to 3 December and concludes on International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). The campaign falls within South Africa’s Children’s Rights Month in October, and Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM), which takes place every November. The campaign peaks with an official 5km fun run event at Johannesburg Zoo in November each year, coinciding with National Children’s Day.

Make a Difference

Uphold the rights of children with disabilities who are in need of essential nappies.

Enter the Nappy Run Fun Run

Support our country’s children with disabilities while having fun! Come run, walk, wheel or stroll on Saturday, 2 November at the Johannesburg Zoo at 07:30.

The Nappy Run fun run is the highlight of an annual national campaign to raise public awareness about children with disabilities and to raise funds for much-needed nappies for them.

Date: Saturday, 2 November 2019
Time: 07:30 (Registration from 06:30)
Place: Johannesburg Zoo

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  • Nappy Run Ambassador: Jonathan Juliun Groenewald, aka 2J Harmonix

    Jonathan Juliun Groenewald is better known as 2J Harmonix. He explains that this name comes from the fact that his first names both begin with “J” – thus 2J – and Harmonix comes from the word “harmonics”, the science of musical sounds, alluding to his passion for rap music.Read More...

  • Nappy Run Ambassador: Fakazile Daphney Twala

    Fakazile Daphney Twala, aka Daphney, was born in Limpopo. She’s the fourth of five children and has three brothers and a sister. Daphney is the only one in her family to be born with a disability, but this firecracker has not let this slow her down. She is an accomplished poet, with a published poetry book under her belt called Purposely Designed, and is also an ambassador for Nappy Run.Read More...

  • Nappy Run Ambassador: Julius Van Der Wat

    Julius Van Der Wat is 41 years old, although he says he’s getting younger by the day. One of five children, he has a twin brother and three other brothers. Julius is also a Nappy Run ambassador. “Being a Nappy Run ambassador is a great honour to me because I am a part of the campaign that is changing people’s perception of nappies and the people who have to wear nappies beyond babyhood.”Read More...