5000 nappies for distressed families

Shirley Anne Fortina with some of the donated disposable nappies. Picture: David Baylis d424276
Shirley Anne Fortina with some of the donated disposable nappies. Picture: David Baylis d424276

Generous families donated about 5000 nappies and more than 2000 of these were delivered to the Myaree drop-off point at Stork’s Corner – one of five metropolitan drop-off points, including two south of the river.

Ms Fortina said volunteers sorted the massive load of nappies into packages at Penrhos College as part of WA’s first foray into the Melbourne-based Nappy Collective project, which was established in 2013.

There are now 80 locations set up around Australia to collect the previously wasted resource.

The beneficiaries for this collection are Ruah Harmony Place, assisting women in crisis; Horizon House, assisting teenage mothers; and the Aboriginal Alcohol & Drug Service Refuge.

‘We are aware a number of grandparents have taken on the role of caring for their grandchildren and they have to fund nappies on tight pensions,’ Ms Fortina said.

‘We are looking into how we can support them and this will be top of the agenda when the Perth committee meets up in September to debrief our first collection and plan the next one in October.’

The Nappy Collective began nearly 12 months ago when its founder discovered an unused box of nappies her daughter had outgrown.

With a group of friends she set out gathering unused nappies that are now distributed to women and families in need.

Visit www.thenappycollective.com for more details on how you can get involved.