The widely popular recreational sport of Ping Pong is being used as a catalyst to raise money for young people in South East Asia whose lives have been impacted by the horrendous injustice of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
The Ping Pong-A-Thon is a dynamic and fun twenty-four hour table tennis event that runs in 40+ churches, sporting clubs, schools and pubs across Australia throughout the month of October.
Participants sign up to play a minimum of three hours of table tennis at their venue of choice and invite their family and friends to sponsor them.
Christine will be broadcasting live from Ping Pong-a-thon at Canning Vale from 3-6pm on Friday.
The fundraiser involves solely young boys and men and is designed to engage males in taking action against issues previously dominated by women.
The Ping Pong-a-thon promotional video
The Ping Pong-A-Thon began in 2011 when one Aussie bloke gathered 15 mates for the first 24 hour table tennis match.
They managed to raise $10,000 which supported the work of two organisations in Thailand who are involved in the prevention and aftercare of children in trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Since then it has become increasingly popular amongst Australian males with 2014 seeing 800 boys and men involved, with a result of $110,000 being raised.
2015 sees an anticipated 1500 males participating with the hopes of smashing their $200,000 target.
Last weekend saw the Nedlands venue set a new WA Pong fundraising record of $7, 734.
Donations are spread out between eight different organizations in South East Asia.
These organisations aim to help young children who have fallen victim to human trafficking or sexual exploitation.
They assist rescued children with counseling, care, education and training that leads to sustainable employment.
If you wish to make a donation to Ping Pong-A-Thon and help rebuild and restore these children’s lives click here.