Nappy Run: A Campaign that provides dignity and inclusion for Children with Disabilities

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Children (and adults) with disabilities often have a disproportionately high need for nappies though childhood and beyond, requiring the use of nappies into their teen and adult years. Disposable nappies are expensive and often unaffordable to the majority of families of children with disabilities. Without a nappy, children are often denied dignity, comfort, freedom of movement, and there is health compromised.

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Nappies are very expensive, and parents of children with disabilities very often do not have the financial resources to provide nappies, especially as the financial needs regarding a child with a disability are much higher than any other children. Parents of children with disabilities in rural areas do also not always have access to resources to obtain nappies.

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To raise awareness about the rights of children with disabilities. Nappy Run undertakes advocacy and lobbying, while also raising funds to buy nappies for children with disabilities.

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About Nappy Run

Nappy Run, started in 2011 by the National Council of and 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 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 1 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.

We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we witnessed at the Nappy Run on 04 November 2023

The NCPD issues a heartfelt call to all South Africans to contribute to the nappy collection drive. You can participate by donating nappies larger than standard baby sizes, making a monetary contribution (Nappy Rands) to purchase nappies, or simply by dropping off nappies.

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