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PlaceMakers and Olympians unite for children in need.

The NZ Olympic Committee is running an important campaign asking current and former Olympians to donate their sports kit which can include their uniform and their gear. PlaceMakers is one of the New Zealand Team’s newest commercial partners, and they are thrilled to provide the drop-off points. We have PlaceMakers here on the Coromandel – 4 Joan Gaskell Drive, Whitianga and 79 Kopu Road, Thames.

 

The project is for more than Olympians

In support of this donation drive, PlaceMakers are encouraging their staff and customers to donate new sports equipment. However, it has expanded to welcoming other sportsmen and sportswomen who have played for their country or their wider region. The kit should be in wearable condition – not ripped or stained. Anything still in packaging with tags can be dropped off. This drive not only includes New Zealand Team uniform; if you wish to donate any kit from your other teams, PlaceMakers are happy to accept it as part of this drive but please check this is okay with your Sports Organisation.

One local former Olympian, Lorne DePape from Hahei, brought in 14 of his previous uniforms to Whitianga PlaceMakers. Lorne understands that there is only a few days t respond, but he hopes many others will come forward. Lorne is the chief organiser of the Hahei Library Community Fair but his involvement in sport is extensive and at a world class level. When he came into The Informer office to promote this great cause, we were able to glean some details of his Olympic and international sporting achievements – see below.

 

The NZOC uniform donation drive opened on 20 November but there is still time to donate your unused sporting equipment or any sporting jerseys you no longer wear that are in good condition. Sort through your sporting kit and get down to PlaceMakers, Thames or Whitianga, as soon as you can.

The gear will be collected in the next few days by the Catalytic Foundation who will wrap and gift the items and distribute them through local community charities to children who may otherwise not receive Christmas presents. “People are also able to donate any sports equipment if you wish to do so.” says Lorne.

 

The Catalytic Foundation is an organisation that pulls together collective resources to drive social change. They work with groups across Aotearoa distributing essential items to those in need. The Catalytic Foundation have also helped the NZOC in the past to distribute any excess uniforms to those in need.

 

Lorne DePape is a New Zealand Olympian, Number 984, competing for New Zealand in 2006 Winter Olympics in CURLING, in Torino Italy. “Lorne says. “that was a special achievement for me, and I am proud to donate 14 various shirts and jackets to this programme, from my time representing NZ in Curling.” Lorne has truly valued these reminders of his achievements, but for him it is time to pass them on to be worn and used.

“I had the honour of representing New Zealand in 12 consecutive Asia-Pacific Curling Champs, (1995 thru 2006), also 4 World Champs (1999, 2001, 2004, 2005), with my pinnacle event being the 2006 Winter Olympics. Since then, I have continued to represent New Zealand at the World SENIORS Curling Champs (for 50+ yrs old) 9 times from 2012 to 2023.”

As a member of the NZ Olympians Commission during the Tokyo Summer Olympics, Lorne addressed school groups in Mercury Bay Area School, and Whenuakite school, hopefully inspiring some future Olympians.

Lorne adds, “I am thanking the wider community in anticipation of their help in providing donations of playing equipment and sports uniforms or clothing from the general public.”

The New Zealand Olympic Committee affirm this request – “Your generosity will bring happiness and warmth to many families in need.”

 

Caption: : Lorne gives the manager of PlaceMakers, Melissa Ford – fourteen uniforms from his Olympic Games CURLING achievements for the special sports uniform and sports gear Christmas appeal.

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The NZ Olympic Committee is running an important campaign asking current and former Olympians to donate their sports kit which can include their uniform and their gear. PlaceMakers is one of the New Zealand Team’s newest commercial partners, and they are thrilled to provide the drop-off points. We have PlaceMakers here on the Coromandel – 4 Joan Gaskell Drive, Whitianga and 79 Kopu Road, Thames.

 

The project is for more than Olympians

In support of this donation drive, PlaceMakers are encouraging their staff and customers to donate new sports equipment. However, it has expanded to welcoming other sportsmen and sportswomen who have played for their country or their wider region. The kit should be in wearable condition – not ripped or stained. Anything still in packaging with tags can be dropped off. This drive not only includes New Zealand Team uniform; if you wish to donate any kit from your other teams, PlaceMakers are happy to accept it as part of this drive but please check this is okay with your Sports Organisation.

One local former Olympian, Lorne DePape from Hahei, brought in 14 of his previous uniforms to Whitianga PlaceMakers. Lorne understands that there is only a few days t respond, but he hopes many others will come forward. Lorne is the chief organiser of the Hahei Library Community Fair but his involvement in sport is extensive and at a world class level. When he came into The Informer office to promote this great cause, we were able to glean some details of his Olympic and international sporting achievements – see below.

 

The NZOC uniform donation drive opened on 20 November but there is still time to donate your unused sporting equipment or any sporting jerseys you no longer wear that are in good condition. Sort through your sporting kit and get down to PlaceMakers, Thames or Whitianga, as soon as you can.

The gear will be collected in the next few days by the Catalytic Foundation who will wrap and gift the items and distribute them through local community charities to children who may otherwise not receive Christmas presents. “People are also able to donate any sports equipment if you wish to do so.” says Lorne.

 

The Catalytic Foundation is an organisation that pulls together collective resources to drive social change. They work with groups across Aotearoa distributing essential items to those in need. The Catalytic Foundation have also helped the NZOC in the past to distribute any excess uniforms to those in need.

 

Lorne DePape is a New Zealand Olympian, Number 984, competing for New Zealand in 2006 Winter Olympics in CURLING, in Torino Italy. “Lorne says. “that was a special achievement for me, and I am proud to donate 14 various shirts and jackets to this programme, from my time representing NZ in Curling.” Lorne has truly valued these reminders of his achievements, but for him it is time to pass them on to be worn and used.

“I had the honour of representing New Zealand in 12 consecutive Asia-Pacific Curling Champs, (1995 thru 2006), also 4 World Champs (1999, 2001, 2004, 2005), with my pinnacle event being the 2006 Winter Olympics. Since then, I have continued to represent New Zealand at the World SENIORS Curling Champs (for 50+ yrs old) 9 times from 2012 to 2023.”

As a member of the NZ Olympians Commission during the Tokyo Summer Olympics, Lorne addressed school groups in Mercury Bay Area School, and Whenuakite school, hopefully inspiring some future Olympians.

Lorne adds, “I am thanking the wider community in anticipation of their help in providing donations of playing equipment and sports uniforms or clothing from the general public.”

The New Zealand Olympic Committee affirm this request – “Your generosity will bring happiness and warmth to many families in need.”

 

Caption: : Lorne gives the manager of PlaceMakers, Melissa Ford – fourteen uniforms from his Olympic Games CURLING achievements for the special sports uniform and sports gear Christmas appeal.