Pass it on … Sport Waitaki regional coordinator Pip Sutton outside her office at Abacus House, where people can leave their good-condition sports gear. PHOTO: ASHLEY SMYTH

Clean out your cupboards, and go through your garage – Sport Waitaki co-ordinator Pip Sutton is looking for used gear.

Sutton is on the lookout for good condition, used sports gear, that people are willing to donate or swap.

“Maybe your child played hockey for a year, and now they’re playing football, so they have an almost new hockey stick sitting around,” she said.

Sport Waitaki came under the Sport Otago umbrella, which had a fund called Sporting Chance. Its purpose was to remove the financial barriers which might prevent children and youth to be able to participate in sport.

“So whether that is equipment . . . shoes or rugby boots or hockey sticks, but also, if that’s not a barrier, it’s the fees.

“I thought, equipment donation, and then potentially use the Sporting Chance for fees bases’.”

Sutton said people who dropped something off, had the option of taking away something else they needed.

“It’s meant to be kind of a cycle.”

She already had some bikes and football boots donated.

Some workplaces, including the Waitaki District Council, were running their own collection boxes as well.

Sutton was not only asking for donations, but also wanted those who needed gear to come and ask for it.

“The message I want to get out is, if people do need stuff, they don’t need to feel embarrassed.

“They can come and check it out, and if they don’t like it, they can return it. If there is anything in particular that people are after, also to let me know.

“Don’t be afraid to ask and say, this is what we’re after.

“We want to get people into sport and moving and exercising.”

Any gear, except clothing, was welcome, as long as it was in good condition.

The collection box is outside the Sport Waitaki office, on the first floor of Abacus House, on the corner of Thames and Severn Sts.

Sutton said her office was open Monday to Friday, but if that was an issue, she could be contacted on 03 434-9379 or 029 434-9379 and something could be worked out.