Hitting out against slavery

Ping-Pong-A-Thon participants at High Street Road Uniting Church

Ping-Pong-A-Thon participants at High Street Road Uniting Church

A team of dedicated table tennis players last month rallied against slavery at High Street Road Uniting Church as they took part in the annual Ping-Pong-A-Thon.

For 18 hours, 80 participants showed off their prowess at the Mt Waverley church, raising more than $10,000 towards the national campaign.

The funds raised support nine organisations working to alleviate human trafficking in India, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Church treasurer and event organiser Stephen Lowe said it was exciting to see so many people come together to support an important cause.

“We had Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants sending a team to play, a group of young people doing a drug rehab program and a third group of golfers from a local private golf club,” he said.

“It was a fascinating mix of people all working together for the freedom of exploited young people in South East Asia.”

The event was one of 90 held across Australia in church halls, high school gyms and community centres. Ping-Pong-A-Thons were also hosted internationally for the first time, with five events in the US.

The event began in 2011 and has raised more than $1.6 million.

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