Table tennis changing the world

TABLE TENNIS MARATHON: Bowral Ping-Pong-A-Thon organiser Debbie Bollinger and Bowral Baptist Church pastor Marcus Wright brush up on their table tennis skills.

TABLE TENNIS MARATHON: Bowral Ping-Pong-A-Thon organiser Debbie Bollinger and Bowral Baptist Church pastor Marcus Wright brush up on their table tennis skills.

PING PONG has the power to change the world.

A quirky table tennis movement is helping everyday Australians free some of the world’s most vulnerable people from sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Highlanders will again take part in the annual Ping-Pong-A-Thon.

The national event challenges boys and men to make a personal commitment to treat girls and women with dignity.

Participants commit to play table tennis for a minimum of three hours and invite family and friends to sponsor their efforts.

Last year’s event in Bowral raised  just under $2000.

Students from Capernwray Bible School, members of the Berrima District Table Tennis Association, members of the church and students from Southern Highlands Christian School were all involved in the 2015 Ping-Pong-A-Thon.

The 24-hour table tennis event will again be held at the Bowral Baptist Church on October 28 and 29.

Visit: www.pingpongathon.com to register or more information.

For enquiries about the Bowral event contact Debbie Bollinger on 0403 034 493.

The Ping-Pong-A-Thon was started by Melbourne’s Adrian Rowse in 2011 as an experiment to try to engage men on issues of trafficking and exploitation.

“This year the event aims to raise a further $400,000 to support the work of nine partner organisations in South East Asia, who are combating issues of human trafficking and exploitation of young people from a range of different angles,” he said.

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