SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - --
It's that time of year to do the dirty deed that needs to be done.
No, not filing taxes or spring cleaning--it's the annual Great Cloth Diaper Change held at Spangdahlem Middle School April 26 as part of a global campaign to raise environmental awareness.
"Sixty thousand diapers will enter landfills for the one minute a diaper change happens," said Tiffany Singhisen, a 52nd Medical Group nurse care manager and mother of three children. "The Great Cloth Diaper Change, put on by the Real Diaper Association, runs in conjunction with Earth Day to help promote a healthier environment."
The occasion originally started in California in 2011 as a community event and later morphed into a chance to set a world record of diaper changes while also promoting the advantages of using cloth diapers as opposed to store-bought ones.
"The event is also held to help promote cloth diapering, so people know that it's an option for parents," said Senior Airman Sarah Jones, a 606th Air Control Squadron cyber transport journeyman.
Last year's GCDC set a Guinness World Record of 8,301 diapers changed from 15 different countries spread out across five different continents. However, the unofficial number tallied 10,029 diapers changed, due to specific rules. For example, Guinness rules state the hosting facilities must require a minimum amount of people to participate to count toward the official record.
With the previous record targeted, Saber Nation's inaugural participation as one of four bases in Germany among more than 300 international locations aimed at making this year the biggest to date.
"It's a neat opportunity to host it here and put Spangdahlem on the map," Singhisen said. "Even though we live in a foreign country and deal with different washing machines and the water here, you can still do it."
The official counts will not be tallied and reported until early May.
For more information about cloth diapering and the Great Cloth Diaper Change, go tohttp://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php
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