Good deeds and good stories

Programme collects unused sports gear

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 15:36 04/09/2013
Brendon McDermott
ROBYN EDIE/Fairfax NZ
Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott checks out some of the sports equipment that was donated to the Sport Southland Pass It On programme.

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A couple who have been married for 66 years are among those who donated unused sports equipment to the Sport Southland  Pass It On programme today.

Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said he picked up golf clubs, bowls, and a pair of old-fashioned roller skates from the couple, and heard the stories for each item as well.

''They were telling me what awards they'd won with particular items,'' Mr McDermott said.

The Pass It On programme called for people in Southland to drop off their unused sports equipment, so that Sport Southland could donate it to schools and community groups in need of sports gear. There were four drop-off points in Invercargill and one each in Te Anau, Winton, and Gore.

Sport Southland also offered to pick up gear.

The Hospice shop had donated a variety of equipment, as had local sports organisations such as Touch Southland and Rugby Southland, Mr McDermott said.

''A lot of the stuff we're getting is older, but still in good condition.''

He had been asked to pick some gear up from Bluff, and had an offer of an exercycle and treadmill in Winton.

Helping to collect and clean the equipment were staff members from BNZ, participating in the BNZ Closed for Good day.

Invercargill BNZ business partner Kirsty McNeill said 40 staff were out in the Southland community helping with various projects with eight staff at the Velodrome for the Pass It On programme, and four staff helping out in Gore.

Mr McDermott said the next step would be to inventory the gear, then show the list to schools, clubs, and not-for-profit organisations, so they could apply for what they needed.

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- The Southland Times

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