Students at CSU ping pong to raise money and awareness for human trafficking

PING PONG: Students play ping pong to raise awareness for human traffiking. Photo: Laura Telford

PING PONG: Students play ping pong to raise awareness for human traffiking. Photo: Laura Telford

Students at Charles Sturt University Port Macquarie spent October 5 playing ping pong to raise awareness and money for human trafficking in Asia, as part of an nation wide event. 

Student Leon Van Bussel, a member of the Student Representative Committee was the driving force behind the Ping Pong -A- Thon day, and said that for the event’s second year everything was going well.

“This is the second time I have hosted the event at CSU and we have certainly built on last years’ performance,” Mr Van Bussel said.

“Initially a good friend of mine brought the cause to my attention and I just wanted to do something to help, and it has basically gone on from there,” he said.

‘The Pong’ as players call it, is a fundraising and advocacy movement, designed to combat human trafficking and the exploitation of young people in South East Asia through a series of table tennis events held annually each October around Australia.

Ping Pong -A- Thon events are being held all over the country during the month of August and September with CSU just one of the many groups and organisations raising money for the great cause.

“I have been raising money before the day and we put on a gold coin donation lunch for the students so that we could continue to raise some money,” he said.

As well as raising awareness for human traffiking, the event at CSU was a community event attended by Headspace and the Pretty Rad Store Port Macquarie with many students turning out in support.

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