A fun, quirky table tennis movement is calling on everyday Australians to take up table tennis bats and play some ping-pong to free some of the world’s most vulnerable people from sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
People of all ages will be working up a sweat at table tennis venues across the country in the 2018 Ping-Pong-A-Thon (www.pingpongathon.com). 200 communities in Australia and the USA will host Ping Pong-A-Thon events this October, aiming to collectively raise $1,000,000 for human trafficking prevention initiatives. Taking place in schools, sporting clubs, workplaces, community spaces, churches and pubs, these events engage everyday Aussies as advocates on behalf of exploited young people. Participants commit to playing table tennis for a minimum of three hours and invite their family and friends to sponsor their efforts.
One of these Ping – pongers is 11 and 3/4-year-old Adley! After hearing the story of how this movement started, Adley decided to host his own ping pong event to raise money for these incredibly vulnerable people.
Founder of ‘The Pong’, Age Rowse explains, ‘There are 45.8 million people who are slaves in the world today. That’s twice the population of Australia who are being used daily like products off a supermarket shelf because they’re circumstances make them vulnerable to the greed of others. These are the true underdogs of the human community. Each of these people matter. Each deserves the chance to live a life that is free”.
When most people hear about this issue the vastness of the problem overwhelms them. How does one person tackle such a complex global issue and make a real difference? Age started The Pong after spending two years working in Thailand with teenage boys who were being exploited in the sex industry. He explains the ripple effect of supporting just one young person to find freedom, “When we support a young person to exit exploitative circumstances via alternative educational or vocational opportunities, it’s not just their life that is changed. Given the opportunity to escape from situations of slavery or exploitation, these young people often courageously go on to change the lives of their families and make their wider communities more resilient in the process. This protects future generations from being vulnerable to future exploitation”.
To support Adley, donate or find a ping pong event near you visit: www.pingpongathon.com