Monique Walker started a charity called Turnaround Prams.
Monique Walker started a charity called Turnaround Prams. Sarah Harvey

Woman helping new parents

FOR many cash-strapped expectant parents, Monique Walker is a god send.

The 25-year-old Yamanto resident started Turnaround Prams in the middle of last year while she was on maternity leave.

Turnaround Prams restores old prams to give to soon-to-be-parents.

Mrs Walker said her interest in the charitable enterprise had been sparked after her cousin received a pram through the Freecycle Network, an international organisation which aims to keep things that could be reused out of landfills.

“I know how much of a difference it made to my cousin, someone helping her out,” Mrs Walker said.

“I thought it would be good if there was someone else in a similar situation, to have something available for them.”

She said prams were either purchased or donated by families who no longer need them.

“They get stripped, the frames are washed clean and they are brought up to current legislation,” Mrs Walker said.

Mrs Walker said requests for prams came through the Gumtree website, with community groups also passing along referrals.

The 25-year-old said pram recipients ranged from single mums and dads to people awaiting the birth of their second or third child who couldn't afford to buy a pram to accommodate their needs.

For more information on the prams or to donate email monique_p_bcw@yahoo.com.au or visit the Facebook site Turnaround Prams Community Project.



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