Raymond Terrace group uses Ping-pong-a-thon as a call to action to end human trafficking

A MARATHON game of ping pong is set to take place in Raymond Terrace next month, all in a bid to serve a blow to human trafficking.

Raymond Terrace Community Church will, for the second year in a row, participate in the national Ping-pong-a-thon on November 5. The 24-hour event raises money and awareness for an issue that reaches far beyond developing countries.  Men aged from 14 upward are encouraged to sign up for three-hour stints of table tennis fun while raising money for organisations that aim to put an end to injustice of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of young people. Last year the group raised more than $12,000 alone with hopes of doing the same this year.

GAME FACES: Clockwise from left, Glen Flippence, Luke Van Vuuren, Peter Bryan, Frank Lupton and Evan Flippence, 8, hope to raise more than $12,000.

GAME FACES: Clockwise from left, Glen Flippence, Luke Van Vuuren, Peter Bryan, Frank Lupton and Evan Flippence, 8, hope to raise more than $12,000.

“Unfortunately it’s men from Western nations that travel overseas and pay for services that exploit women,” Peter Bryan, who helps organise the event said.

“This is a way for men to be able to stand up and be accountable and make a difference in something.”

Coordinator Glen Flippence said that the group raised the fourth largest amount for the cause last year and had hopes for a similar result this year.

“We definitely want to raise that amount again,” he said.

“We’re still looking for players and sponsors though.”

Roughly 40 to 50 people are needed to take part in the event and sponsorship is still being sought. For information on participating or making a donation contact Peter on 0428 984 972 or visit pingpongathon.com.

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