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Play It Forward Jozi has been collecting used and second-hand sporting equipment to support underprivileged children for four years, and now they need boxing equipment for inner-city teens.


Johannesburg, South Africa (15 March 2022) – “Play It Forward”, a student-founded organisation collecting sporting equipment for underprivileged children and teens, is collecting boxing gloves for inner-city teens.

Ross Garrett teamed up with his school friends in 2018 to make a difference in underprivileged communities when he was in primary school. They set up Play It Forward Jozi to make a difference in South Africa.

The boys decided to collect second-hand sporting equipment that could be sent to underprivileged children, schools and sporting clubs. They started collecting takkies and sports shoes, racquets, bats, hockey sticks, golf clubs, gloves and balls.

Over the years, they have kitted out many teams, including Central Joburg Blind Cricket, Alexandra Hub Cricket Club, and many more! Ross’s mother, Alison Garrett, has played a vital role in managing where the donations go, connecting the collections with the people who need them most.

The organisation continues to collect sporting goods that are gathering dust in people’s garages and bedrooms. The latest project they are working on is collecting boxing gloves for an organisation called Safe Study.

Safe Study provides a safe space for children and teens to engage in enrichment activities such as art, sports, academic support and mental wellness. They are situated in Bez Valley, Johannesburg. The space is transforming the lives of youth in the city.

The boxing equipment collected will be delivered to Safe Study. If you have anything to donate, whether it is boxing-related or other sporting equipment, you can email Alison here or check out the Play It Forward Jozi Facebook page here.

Sources: GTG Interview / Play It Forward Jozi 
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