Crying out for nappies

Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien is encouraging locals to donate unused disposable nappies to help local families doing it tough. Photo: Contributed

MEMBER for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is reminding locals that his office is a drop-off point for those wanting to donate disposable nappies.


Mr O’Brien’s office in Sale serves as a collection point for the Nappy Collective Giving Project, an initiative that collects unused disposable nappies and passes them on to where they are needed most.


Mr O’Brien said donations had understandably slowed down throughout the coronavirus pandemic and he had hope to see them pick up now that restrictions had eased.


“Over the past few years the donations have slowed while the need has increased, resulting in a greater need than ever before,” he said.


“I’m urging anyone with unwanted disposable nappies sitting at home to drop them into my office.


“All kinds of disposable nappies are happily accepted – day, night, pull-ups and even swim nappies.


“New or even opened and half-used packets will make a big difference in the lives of those who need it most.”


Mr O’Brien said the nappies would be donated to a local charity that will ensure they are passed on to those who need them most.


“One of the great things about this project is that the nappies are distributed locally, it’s a simple way we can support local families in need,” he said.


“Unfortunately, research conducted by the Nappy Collective tells us that around one in 10 families are not changing their children’s nappies as often as they should because they simply can’t afford the nappies needed.


“As we all know too well, many Gippslanders are doing it really tough, so any donation will be greatly appreciated.”


Nappies can be dropped off at Mr O’Brien’s office located at 54B Cunninghame St, Sale during business hours year-round.