Unused sports gear can help others get active

BRENDON MCDERMOTT
Last updated 05:00 21/08/2013

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If you've got unused sports or fitness gear at home - be it nets, balls, weights, gloves or anything in between - we're encouraging you to pass it on to schools, clubs and community organisations in need.

On Wednesday, September 4, we'll have drop off points around Invercargill, Gore, Winton, and Te Anau where you can bring your unused gear. Or you can simply phone us at Sport Southland and we'll arrange to collect it.

The concept is one we've been talking about for quite a while, and with the support of Classic Hits and the BNZ (who are joining us on their Closed for Good day), we decided it's time to do something about it!

Let's face it, most of us could do with a good spring clean and quite a few of us have unused sports or fitness gear at home.

Whether it's a swiss ball you bought with the best intentions of using every day, but it's still in the box two years later, a couple of tennis rackets the kids had when they were younger, a netball hoop that's been in your yard for years or a volleyball set you simply don't think you'll use - if you won't use it, someone else will.

And that's what the Pass It On campaign is all about.

We know there are kids, clubs and community organisations out there that would love to get their hands on some sporting equipment and something as simple as donating your spare gear could open up new opportunities for them to get involved in sport and/or physical activity.

That's key to what Sport Southland stands for.

We're a not-for-profit organisation that aims to encourage all Southlanders to get active, and this is just one initiative that we hope will support that vision.

It was also important for us that the campaign be Southland-wide, which is why we have drop off points in Invercargill, Gore, Winton and Te Anau and, to make it as accessible as we can.

If you can't make it in to drop off gear, but want to contribute, we'll come and get it.

After the collection, we'll tally up all of the equipment and put a list online. Then it will be up to clubs, schools or community organisations to let us know why they want it, and we'll distribute it after that.

It's fantastic to have the backing of a couple of Southland sporting icons - Jamie Mackintosh and Wendy Frew - to support the campaign, and we've already had calls from some fantastic people offering golf clubs, bowls and other items we're sure we can find a home for.

We are confident Southlanders will get involved and Pass It On on Wednesday, September 4.

Check out our website for more details, or phone us for more information about how you can be involved.

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- Brendon McDermott is the chief executive of Sport Southland

- The Southland Times

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