Carry on 4 Babies takes ubuntu

Carry on 4 Babies takes ubuntu across the ocean

Carry On 4 Babies is an initiative in which a traveler sacrifices a portion of their luggage allowance in order to take second hand baby clothing to those in need in another country

Carry on 4 Babies takes ubuntu

Carry On 4 Babies is not a charity but an initiative supported by a network of people across the world who are committed to improving the lives of babies and children in Africa by providing them with second hand clothing.

There is no money involved and no money is accepted. No administration costs or salaries involved. This is all about human effort. This is about showing that ordinary people can make a difference in the world. It is about a chain of people across the world coming together with a common purpose.

How does it work?

No money is required; just a little time and effort. You can help this initiative by being a carry on stork, or a carry on donor, or acting as an ambassador or coordinator.

If you have a bit of spare room in your suitcase on your next visit to South Africa from the UK, notify Carry on 4 Babies and they will supply you with some old baby clothes if you don’t have any.

Alternatively, if you already have second hand baby clothing that you can donate and take with you, they can put you in touch with our local city coordinator or an ambassador.

How did it all start?

Carry On 4 Babies originated in the United Kingdom. It was started in August 2013 by a full-time working mum, Lynelle Swanepoel, originally from Paarl in South Africa. Lynelle works as a lawyer in London and lives with her family in Weybridge, Surrey.

Since moving to the UK, Lynelle always tried to take some clothing back to South Africa and distribute to those in need on her yearly holiday trips back home (as so many other South Africans do). However, it was only when she read a very sad post on a Facebook page that she realised that so much more can (and should) be done to help those in need and that she can make a difference in her home country even though she no longer lived there…

How can I get involved?

1. Be a donor – donate your second hand baby clothing by contacting us and dropping off at an ambassador in your area;
2. Be a stork/carrier – offer to take some baby clothing on your next trip (you can either be a South African going on holiday to SA, a tourist travelling to SA, or perhaps a business person travelling on business to and from SA
3. Be a coordinator – why not run with this initiative in a city that is not already covered? We would like to take this all over the world.
4. Be an ambassador – act as a drop-off point, collect clothing from the storks, distribute the clothing to charities and just generally assist the local city coordinator with the initiative and creating more opportunities for people to donate. The initiative can also be supported from WITHIN South Africa;
5. If you are in South Africa already and don’t know what to do with your baby clothing, contact us and we can hook you up with either a representative at the charity that we support or with our local coordinator.
6. If you want to run with this initiative in a particular city, let them know, send them a picture and your contact details and start collecting baby clothes, forming a network, asking if people are travelling to SA etc.

Contact Carry on 4 Babies via their Facebook page, or call Lynelle in the UK on +44 (0) 7703 745051 or email