Ping pong to stop human trafficking

FIGHTERS: Amos and Joel Tymko, front, are helping Riley Smith, Leon Tymko and Maureen McKenzie 'fight for freedom' at the Ping-Pong-A-Thon. Photo: Dani Brown.
FIGHTERS: Amos and Joel Tymko, front, are helping Riley Smith, Leon Tymko and Maureen McKenzie 'fight for freedom' at the Ping-Pong-A-Thon. Photo: Dani Brown.

Many would not relate playing ping pong for 24 hours straight with helping stop human trafficking, but that is exactly what will take place at the Victor Harbor Baptist Church next month.

The Victor Harbor 2018 Ping-Pong-A-Thon starts at 4pm on Friday, November 2, with people picking up a paddle and playing until 4pm the next day.

The aim is to raise awareness of human trafficking and fundraise for prevention initiatives, and events with the theme ‘Fight for Freedom’ are taking place across Australia this month and the start of next month.  

Participants are asking family and friends to sponsor them to help raise more money, but organiser Leon Tymko said the group would appreciate donations from the community so they can hit their goal of $15,000.

Last year’s event at The Anchorage Cafe raised over $10,000, with over 80 people participating, but because it was so popular they have moved it to the church. 

“Locally, it’s something the community can do together to help. It actually makes a difference,” Mr Tymko said.

“We want to get more people involved and educated that it is a big issue in our society.”

Anyone can pop by the event and have a hit to ensure the paddles and balls do not stop moving for 24 hours.

For more information about the event, call Leon Tymko on 0419 839 062.

To host an event, participate, donate or learn more, visit www.pingpongathon.com 

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