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Drumchapel host best ever Aerobic Table Tennis Tour

Top Five Events.

  1. October 2014 - #RunTeamFlo Birmingham Half Marathon led by Kelly Sibley (Pink Pong Ambassador) - £23,050.00
  2. January 2015 – Drumchapel TTC & Scotland Aerobic Table Tennis Tour Event led by Corinna Whitaker - £1408.80
  3. January 2015 (Liz May 365 Days Sober) - Dryathlon led by Zoe Cheesman - £1395
  4. April 2014 – Bishop Auckland’s Pink Ponaathon - £1085.00
  5. July 2013 - Pink Pong Golf Day = £1075.50


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 -



Heads Up for Table Tennis Charity Duo – By Ann-Maree James (CRUK)

Drumchapel Table Tennis players Lucy Elliott, and Catherine Oneill have chosen to make a difference on more than just the table tennis table.  Through the Pink Pong fundraising group, they are raising money for Cancer Research UK by each shaving their heads on 11th March.


 Lucy aged 16, from Helensburgh, is the number one table tennis player (under 18s) in Scotland.  "I lost my granddad in August last year. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and subsequently leukaemia.   Catherine & I were compelled to do something dramatic and decided to shave our heads for this amazing charity, to do our bit to help raise awareness and hopefully one day they will find a cure. "


Catherine, aged 45 who also plays for Drumchapel table tennis club was inspired to join Lucy for the head shave.  “I have lost family and friends due to this horrific disease, but thanks to all the research being done, many more people who are living with cancer and are still with us today which is amazing."


 "We are so grateful to Lucy & Catherine for their brave, but fantastic fundraising" said Ann-Maree James, Senior Local Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK. Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research."



Left to Right: Lucy Elliot and Catherine O’Neill.


 We hope that people will sponsor these brave ladies, by visiting their  Just Giving site, or by  texting a donation through to just giving, simply type JGLC89 £x TO  70070 (x you insert the amount you wish to donate)


 For further information, please contact  Ann-Maree James, Senior local Fundraising Manager,  Cancer Research UK , 07778332887 or 


 About Cancer Research UK

 . Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research.

 . The charity's groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. This work is funded entirely by the public.

 . Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last 40 years.

 . Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.


For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 3469 6699 or visit


Dryathlon 2015

Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon Stat 2015.


Thank you to Michael Kiff, Lesley Slack and Mandy May for taking on the 2015 Dryathlon challenge.  It is believed the final total of your collective efforts raised £406.39 for Cancer Research UK.




Drumchapel host best ever Aerobic Table Tennis Tour

On Friday 30th January 2015, Pink Pong was joined by Aerobic Table Tennis and headed to Scotland for their World Record Tour Event.  The event was hosted by Drumchapel Table Tennis Club and according to Liz May it “was the best one yet”.


Steve Rowe said “For Aerobic Table Tennis to be used in such a way that we can raise funds to help cancer patients is just amazing; it makes me very happy indeed”.  The fundraising had already started in Glasgow before Aerobic TT and Pink Pong – CRUK had arrived, with the Thomas Fortune Adult Disability group taking part a aerobic/dance challenge with the help of Gina Duffy and Corinna Whitaker (Pink Pong Ambassador).   It was a great success with around 30 disabled adults taking part in the session, raising a fantastic £60.24, which was later added to the evening’s total.


It was an incredible evening, the children were all dressed up for the occasion and all got involved with performing Aerobic Table Tennis, with lots of fun and laughter and a great buzz to the evening, lots of people contributed to a great event, all members of Drumchapel Table Tennis Club did a formidable job and most certainly Scotland lead the way with regards to the hosting such a super event.  Drumchapel Table Tennis Club raised £1408.80 with £1182.80 being from the Aerobic session and merchandise being added all weekend at the Drum and during the Glasgow GP.


Thank you everyone for the support at our event!  Massive thanks to Gina Duffy, Corinna Whitaker, Stephanie McCallum and Terry McLernon MBE.  Skyform and the Drumchapel Gymnastic team for joining in and helping Pink Pong with an incredible evening.  Scotland have their own justgiving page and therefore you can support us at any time by texting

KILT62 £5? to 70070!



Inspirational Corner – By Lucy Elliot

My Granddad sadly passed away in August 2014 from this horrible disease, cancer.  He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and had suffered from this since the day he was diagnosed.   A few years later, he was diagnosed with leukaemia.  It was heart breaking to see someone in so much pain and for them not to have anything to stop it.  Since I became aware of this and knew what my granddad was going through, I really wanted to do my part to help people who are going through this.  I would love to raise money for this amazing charity and show my support.


My granddad was and still is an inspiration to many people, especially my parents and my brother, sister and I.  My brother described our granddad of being a “hero” to which I strongly agree.  My granddad was a massive part of our lives.  He was the number 1 babysitter whenever we needed to be looked after.  He was a fantastic husband, dad, granddad and great-granddad.  He was truly an amazing man, he was always so proud of my brother, sister and I in everything we done.  He was a very good sportsman himself; he won many titles for bowls and golf.  My granddad had an amazing life, especially in his sports career, he had this talent that he had a good eye for everything he done.  He always beat me at table tennis; I don’t think I ever got a game off him!  I loved hearing about all of his experiences – good and bad.  He is one person who I admire and look up to and think to myself “I want to be like my granddad”.


I have decided to shave my hair to do my part along with a family friend, Catherine O’Neill. I really don’t know how or why this crazy idea came to mind but I’m very excited and nervous to do it, I know it’s for a great cause!  I hope to raise some awareness for Cancer Research as well as raise money to hopefully one day find a cure.


I support Pink Pong strongly because I think the work that they have done is amazing and the money they have risen so far and continue to do so is incredible, to help people with cancer and to help find a cure.  I would love to raise Pink Pong’s profile so that more people will get involved and support an amazing fundraising group!



Left to Right: Grandma Elliot with Lucy & her Granddad and Lucy with her Granddad.



Liz May and her family are running in either the Paris or the London marathon this year to raise money for the Frances Crick Institute.  Pink Pong tried to initiate a campaign for world cancer day to get as many Table Tennis players as possible getting behind this project, however  although raising over £150 it wasn’t as successful as hoped.  The Justgiving page remains open and we hope that you might support the runners by donating what you can in support – Thank You!

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.            

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