A group of 11 people, 4 in their wheelchair’s, grouped together in preparation for the start of The Nappy Run
  • What: Nappy Run fun run
  • When: 2 November 2019 at 07:30 (registration opens at 06h30)
  • Where: Johannesburg Zoo (Jan Smuts Ave & Upper Park Dr, Parkview, Johannesburg, 2193)
  • How much: Adults – R100 | Children – R60 (tickets include zoo entry and a goodie bag)

What we do

Nappy Run is an annual campaign that is organised by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). It runs from 3 October to 3 December and concludes on International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). The campaign falls within SA’s Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) which takes place every November.

Over two months, the Nappy Run campaign raises awareness about the issues facing children with disabilities. Nappy Run undertakes advocacy and lobbying, while also raising funds to buy nappies for children with disabilities. The highlight of the campaign is a fun run that we host at the Johannesburg Zoo in November each year. 

Why we do it

Children with disabilities are denied their most basic human right when their sanitary needs are not adequately provided for with nappies. Many disabilities cause incontinence and when something as essential as a nappy is missing from a child’s care, it compromises their health, dignity, comfort, and freedom, and undermines their value in society.

The government is constitutionally mandated and obliged to provide nappies for children with disabilities as part of the primary health care system, but it has failed them.

Our work aims to make up for government’s lack of support and to increase society’s knowledge and understanding of disability issues and rights, using the nappy as the central symbol for the campaign.

We also target government in our advocacy work, calling it to meet its constitutional responsibility to provide nappies and other assistive devices that children with disabilities need.