Clients at Southland District Health Board's Mental Health Day Activity Centres will be having a ball following a donation of gear from Sport Southland.
A range of sports equipment, including rugby and soccer balls, golf clubs, cricket bats, lawn bowls and a swing tennis set, was dropped off at the Dee St Day Activity Centre yesterday.
Activity Centre co-ordinator Jo Adams said they were "privileged and excited" to have received the gear.
Keeping people active was a big part of what the centre did to help clients recover from mental health problems.
"It's good to have something new to play with," she said.
The gear was donated as part of Sport Southland's Pass It On campaign. A collection day was held last month for people to drop off unwanted sports equipment and hundreds of items were donated. Organisations, schools and clubs were then invited to apply for equipment they wanted.
Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said the campaign "exceeded our expectations" and everyone who requested gear received something.
"It's something that we'll look to do on an annual basis," he said.
The day activity centres cater for clients referred to them by mental health services. They provide activities and opportunities to help with rehabilitation. Andrew Voerman is a journalism student on work experience at The Southland Times.
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