PRE-LOVED SPORTS GEAR APPEAL
We believe in providing opportunities to those less fortunate, especially those that could one day make a significant difference themselves. Previously, in collaboration with Sport Waikato and Team Energize, we coordinated the collection of sports gear and delivered it to lower decile schools in the Waikato region of New Zealand. This includes sports clothing, tracksuits, swimwear, shoes and bags, and equipment such as bats, rackets and balls.
This is a great opportunity to teach about a circular economy, giving unwanted items a new lease of life rather than sending them to landfills. The aim is to provide more kids with the opportunity to participate in sport.
“One pair of shoes, an item of clothing or even a cricket bat could change the path of a child, whether it be in sport or just life in general. In addition to associating themselves with other inspiring people, it builds better confidence which in turn develops these kids into good people, with, hopefully, the occasional new sporting star, too," - Eitelberg.
Initiated in 2012, there have been 12 schools as beneficiaries so far: Huntly Primary School (2012, 2020), Ngaruawahia Primary, Huntly West Primary, Centennial Park School (Te Kuiti), Crawshaw Primary (Hamilton), Te Kura O Waharoa (Waharoa), Paeroa Central School, Kerepehi School, David Henry School (Tokoroa), Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Hiringa (Tokoroa), Insoll Avenue Primary School (Hamilton) and Ruawaro Combined School.
How to contribute
If you are a sports retailer, sports club, school or sporting event company and you wish to donate sports apparel and/or equipment, please send us a message. Due to hygiene reasons and to eliminate any waste from our end, we have certain requirements as to what we do and do not accept so please refer to our Sports Gear Checklist.
Currently, we only accept donations from the Auckland/Waikato regions but are hoping to expand as soon as our internal processes allow. This used to be an annual appeal however, this has now become an ongoing project and we thank our partner retailers and sporting event companies for enabling this hugely impactful initiative to continue on an ongoing basis. Kicking off in 2022, we are now collaborating with Sport Waikato and Sport Northland to reach more communities.
Sustainable Development Goals
The Pre-Loved Sports Gear Appeal endeavours to address 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set out by the United Nations, established as the blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all by addressing global challenges such as climate change and environmental degradation.
Click on our targeted SDGs to learn more about them.