The recycled sports gear campaign REPLAY has launched in the Whanganui region and is off to a great start! REPLAY is a community initiative created in 2017 by Denise Mclean, a full time Mum and sports enthusiast from Palmerston North. Upon having a clean out at home Denise realised that rather than hanging on to the gear, she would pass it on to other local kids and families who may not have access to sports equipment of their own, “I had a garage full of sports gear and I was sure there were children out there that could put it to better use” says Denise, founder of REPLAY.
The purpose of REPLAY is to gather new and used sports gear to distribute to local kids in our community, especially those who are unable to access or purchase their own. Just one ball allows several kids to play and have fun together, learn new skills and develop a lifelong love of being active. For many kids having the available sports gear results in greater participation and enjoyment of sport. REPLAY is supporting these children allowing them to use equipment not only at school but at home, in the weekends and during the school holidays.
Items are collected via REPLAY collection bins placed around the region. Currently containers are at Sport Whanganui, Rebel Sport, Pita Pit, St Johns School and Marton New World. Once current bins are full, Denise will collect the equipment and clean it before it is packaged and delivered to primary school children around the area. Two of the bins around town have already been filled with equipment, including balls from the Go Media Manawatu Jets, Rebel Sport and Alan from the Springvale Stadium Trust. Sport Whanganuis Community Sport Manager Jodie Brunger says, “We’d appreciate any donation of sports gear including rugby balls, basketballs, netballs, footballs, hockey sticks, rugby/football boots, shin pads etc that are still in a good, re-useable condition.”
REPLAY are always looking for new locations to place bins and would love your support, together we can connect sports gear with local kids – and recycling is great for our environment too! If you are interested in becoming a part of this fantastic community initiative or you would like to receive sports gear then visit the REPLAY website at www.replay.org.nz or you can contact Jodie Brunger, Community Sport Manager at Sport Whanganui on firstname.lastname@example.org.