Penticton parents advocating for change

Penticton parents will once again join others around the globe to set a world record and advocate for change.

Owner Jennifer Morrison of Big Blue Frog (left) and one of the organizers of the April 18 Great Cloth Diaper Change checks the status of Mason Atkinson's fabric wrap while mom Alyssa Milanovic watches in this photo from 2014. This year's event takes place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and will once again be part of the world-wide attempt to set a Guinness record.

Owner Jennifer Morrison of Big Blue Frog (left) and one of the organizers of the April 18 Great Cloth Diaper Change checks the status of Mason Atkinson's fabric wrap while mom Alyssa Milanovic watches in this photo from 2014. This year's event takes place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and will once again be part of the world-wide attempt to set a Guinness record.

Penticton parents will once again join others around the globe to set a world record and advocate for change.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change is returning for the fifth time to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on April 18, and thanks to Hooked on Books through Scholastic Canada, Clifford the big red dog will be joining the celebration.

Penticton will join 286 sites in 19 countries in the world’s biggest simultaneous cloth diaper change as they aim to topple last year’s record of 8,459 diapers changed at one time.

The event will also be raising funds for the local boys and girls club as well as advocating the use of cloth diapers over the disposable kind.

“It’s neat and fun and almost empowering in a way because you get to be a part of something that a lot of people are excited about and it’s kind of like a little community,” said Jennifer Morison, event organizer and owner of the Big Blue Frog in Penticton.

She said the event has even spawned an online community including the Facebook group Fluffy Okanagan.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change will also feature community and family-based vendors, guest speakers following the world record attempt as well as a craft table, fire truck and fundraising draws. Event sponsor Co-operators Insurance will be on site to offer a mini car seat clinic and provide car seat information. Co-operators will also be giving away a stage-two car seat and will collect expired seats to be recycled. There will be a $15 fee per seat in accordance with recycling regulations.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the event runs until 3 p.m. with the diaper change taking place at 11 a.m. sharp.