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NEW SHIRTS IN STOCK - GET YOURS NOW!

TOP FIVE EVENTS:

    1. October 2014 - #RunTeamFlo Birmingham Half Marathon led by Kelly Sibley (Pink Pong Ambassador) - £5338.65 to date.
    2. April 2014 Ė Bishop Aucklandís Pink Pongathon - £1085.00
    3. July 2013 - Pink Pong Golf Day = £1075.50
    4. January 2014 - Dryathlon led by Zoe Cheesman - £1071.00
    5. Helen & Jack Lamberts  Challenge to Get Lizís Bum Tattooed 2013 - £1000.05

    Thank you all so much for your support and if you would like to host an event at your club then please contact Liz May -

liz@pinkpong.co.uk.

 

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#PinkPongPedal

On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June 2014 #PinkPongPedal was initiated with its first cycle on the Devon Coast to Coast.  A small team consisting of Phil Cross, Liz May, Rachel May, Lisa Radford and on the second day Terri Hughes cycled from Ilfracombe to Plymouth in a 100 mile cycle.


 

The idea was Marketa Myskovaís who unfortunately couldnít be apart of the final weekend, however I feel sure that #PinkPongPedal will remain an annual challenge for the team and something they will look at across the country.  The team raised around £300 via justgiving (which is already being used by Cancer Research),  and there is still some offline donations to receive.  See our journey here - http://youtu.be/k2RzZ76dLQ0


 

 

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 Aerobic TT & Pink Pong World Record Tour
Just to remind you again, around 2.4 million people participate in table tennis in the uk, 1 in 3 people are affected by cancer.  According to the BBC, 2014 Obesity in the UK will cost the NHS £6.4 billion a year by 2015, in England nearly 25% of adults are obese and 16% of children, in Scotland 27% of adults and 14% of children.  These statistics are growing across the whole of the UK and aside from it being the leading cause of hypertension, diabetes, heart problems etc, it is also one of the leading causes of some CANCERS!!  As a ďGreatĒ sport WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERNCE!!.

In 2014/2015 Pink Pong have teamed up with Aerobic Table Tennis, our aim is obviously to try and raise as much money as possible for Pink Pong, but in due course we hope to make a difference to people's lives by introducing them to our sport via several clubs around the UK.  Aerobic Table Tennis is a high energy fitness workout experience that combines the sport of table tennis with the benefit of burning calories. 
For more information on the benefits of this fantastic imitative visit - www.aerobictabletennis.com

In 2014 we will be heading to Ellesmere Port, Bishop Auckland and Cardiff.  In 2015 we will be heading to Glasgow, Jersey and Gloucester, these tour events are to build up to the grand finale in which we will celebrate Pink Pongís 5th Birthday by trying to break a world record!! 
 
We want you there. 
Please check out or promotional video - http://youtu.be/XWk2cDMubk0 and stay tuned for up and coming events.
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Inspirational Corner Ė By Sean Doherty

I first got into table tennis when I was 11 back in the summer of 2004.  I already played a lot of different sports at that age but my Dad and me were both beginners to the game.  My Dad, Neil, got me into it primarily just as something that we could do together.  My Mum, Sita, had died from cancer shortly after her 40th birthday in November the previous year.  She had been diagnosed with breast cancer some years previous to that but after treatment she had made a full recovery.  I canít remember exactly how old I was then but sometime later on a ski trip to France in 2002 she broke her neck in an accident.  The doctor was suspicious as to how she had broken a bone with a relatively soft fall and after tests she was informed that the cancer had returned and weakened her bones. Over the course of the next two years her condition worsened.  She underwent treatment but eventually as the cancer spread her condition worsened and she lost function in her legs.  Mum must have known that she was dying, but throughout everything she remained so strong and always displayed a positive image to me, never showing any signs of weakness.  I was 10 and my sister, Nadia, only 4 years old, but it was her who supported us through it all even though it was her who was affected the most.  I donít have many solid memories of her but the memories that are the strongest with me are of her courage and her strength and I always aspire to be as courageous as she was.

 

Table tennis wasnít my first love as a sport, but looking back it gave me something positive to focus on.  I grew to love the game and in a certain way I feel like table tennis helped me in a way that only sport could because if I hadnít been training and competing I donít know what path I may have ended up heading down trying to deal with the difficulties in my life at that time, so in that sense I feel owe a lot to the sport.  The first time I can remember ever playing was on a family holiday in the north of France when my Mum was still alive.  In 2004 I started playing with my Dad in leisure centres and then local clubs and now 10 years later I have just realized my dream of competing in the Commonwealth Games in my hometown of Glasgow.  Losing my Mum gave me an appreciation for how precious life is and a determination to succeed in her memory.  For anyone who is experiencing anything similar to what I did 10 years ago I would want him or her to know that it does get easier and that life does go on. The support from loved ones is what kept me going in that darkest hour. For me at that age I didnít know how to talk about what had happened or properly express myself, but just knowing that your loved ones are there for you helps to deal with it and make sense of it all.

 

As soon as I heard about Pink Pong I wanted to get involved. I met Liz at the Six Nations back in November and hearing about what they had already achieved in such a small time was amazing (trying to stop myself from using the ďaMAYzing pun!). Table tennis has become a huge part of my life and I think itís a great idea to use the sport to help solve many of the problems that can come from cancer.

 

I wanted to write about my Mum because I feel that that has had the biggest impact on my life and on my life in table tennis and is the main reason I feel so passionately about Pink Pong, however I also lost my Grandad to cancer when I was much younger and unfortunately never got the chance to know him.  More recently my Nana passed away and it saddens me that she never got to come and see me compete in the Games, but I know she wouldíve been proud.  She was one of the strongest people I knew and is one of the people who has helped me most in my life.  Lastly I want to say thanks to my Dad.  He has raised me, my brother and my sister for the best part of ten years on his own.  My brother, Ryan, was born with severe disabilities so my Dad is a full-time carer for him.  He got me into table tennis and he guided me to success against the odds so if it werenít for him I wouldnít have achieved anything.

 

Iíve had to face some adversity in my life, but I have much more to be thankful for.  I feel that if I was able to achieve my dream under the circumstances then with the same work ethic and positive outlook on life everyone is capable of realizing their ambitions.  For some that may be becoming a Champion in table tennis, for some it may be beating cancer. If thereís anything Iíve learned from my life experiences, itís never ever give up.



Sean Doherty in Glasgow 2014, with his Mum Sita and with his proud Dad Neil.

If you have a story to share, we want to hear from you. Cancer is real and your inspirational and fundraising stories really do matter. Send your stories to zoe@pinkpong.co.uk
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