A massive thank you to Pink Pong Ambassadors Ryan Jenkins and David Wetherill, for launching this challenge in November, raising the profile of both our sport and Pink Pong as a cause. It was great to see so many people taking part, from fellow ambassadors, to Gavin Rumgay and of course Jessica Ennis-Hill. We will try and get some of the videos put together and uploaded to Pink Pong’s website. Ryan donated around £130 to the cause and took the Welsh Justgiving Page past its £1000 initial target. New goals to be set and worked towards….keep up the good work Wales.
Ryan Jenkins, Welsh National Coach, Grand Prix King and Pink Pong Ambassador.
Ping Pong World Championships
Left to right: Chaddlewood TTC & Holland’s Ted both bringing the fun factor to Ally Pally, Jan Walaszkowski,
Liz May, Laura Bone & Russ Keith and Andrew Rushton showing support of Pink Pong,
Thank you to Alexandre Palace for welcoming team pink pong and Cancer Research UK to their event in London this January. Not only did we watch some fantastic Ping Pong at the world championships, but we also raised £250 through bucket collecting over the course of the weekend. We hope to return to the Palace next year and of course will be behind all of our ambassadors that take part, including the new member of our team, Andrew Rushton. Special mention to Chaddlewood Table Tennis Club, Plympton (Jan, Laura and Russ, you all did a fantastic job, thank you).
World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day was on Thursday 4th February 2016 and as always Pink Pong was at the forefront of fundraising for Cancer Research. We sold Unity Bands across the city and Liz May did her first static cycle at Totnes Pavilion, who have agreed to have us as their charity of the year. We raised around £615 which is a great start to Liz May’s #PinkPongGirlsCan Challenges for 2016. Special thanks to Russ Keith of Babcock, Lyn and Terry Alcock, Chaddlewood Farm Community Centre, Chaddlewood Inn, Totnes Pavilion, Ivybridge Leisure Centre, Rhys Smith, Suzanne Smith, Linda Smith and Laura Bone, all for selling the Unity Bands.
Liz May at Totnes Pavilion Leisure Centre on World Cancer Day
Inspirational Corner – By David Annand
In 2011, at the age of 49, I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. I had no obvious symptoms. I just felt a little tired - don’t we all? Luckily for me my GP gave me a PSA test (Prostate-specific antigen test) as part of an overall health check that began the process of eventually being diagnosed. At the time I knew nothing about prostate cancer. I didn’t even know where my prostate gland was let alone what it actually did. I thought prostate cancer only affected much older men (I would strongly recommend that men approaching the age of 50 be aware of their PSA level) and I had no idea that over 40,000 men in the UK were being diagnosed every year with over 10,000 dying from the disease.
In November of 2011 I underwent Brachytherapy and today, four and a half years after treatment, my PSA is 0.2 meaning I have a 98% chance of being cured. If in the next 6 month’s my PSA remains at 0.4 or below then there is less than a 1% chance that prostate cancer will reoccur. I consider myself very lucky that my prostate cancer was identified as early as it was because early treatment can result in a positive outcome.
As soon as I was able, in 2012 after my treatment, I wanted to give something back to the charity that had helped me and so I embarked on a personal awareness campaign by spending a year walking around sporting stadiums in the lead up to kick off. This coincided with Prostate Cancer UK’s official partnership with the Football League which I helped to launch with ex Footballer Luther Blissett (photo attached). In all, I covered 500 miles, raising over £18,000 in front of more than 500,000 spectators - see video link below
On completion I was invited to become an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK to help make connections through my job as a marketing and PR manager. I was pleased, amongst other things, to be able to help with the filming of their recent Men United TV commercial and represent them in meetings with Talk Sport Radio. I’ve also trained to be a volunteer speaker for them which I’ve found hugely rewarding. During the football season you will often find me bucket collecting for Prostate Cancer UK at Football League grounds and I’m pleased to be team leader of the volunteers collecting at all of the Wembley football finals.
My latest fundraising activity for 2016 is to join Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling on the last leg of his Men United march for Prostate Cancer UK which takes place on the 30th March and involves walking 26 miles from Wimbledon FC, via Brentford FC, Fulham FC, Chelsea FC and QPR FC all the way to Wembley. I will be representing Gillingham FC, the club that I support, during this walk and if you would like to support me the details are below
It would be great at some point in the near future to combine my interest in table tennis with Pink Pong and raise some awareness of prostate cancer within and via that particular sport. Until then take care and look after yourselves and the ones you love.
We are really excited to be partnering with T3 Ping Pong and Cancer Research in launching this new Table that we hope people will enjoy.
This limited edition table has been kindly donated by T3 Ping Pong and their Kent based outdoor table manufacturer, Sign 2000 Ltd.
Liz May, Founder of Pink Pong said:
“We wanted a table that could really draw in the crowds - and this certainly does that. Its round shape makes it so much more inviting than a traditional table tennis table. T3 3-a-side table tennis is such a fun game to play and the great thing is, anyone can take part. It’s been really well received already just from the picture. And we can’t wait to tour some Cancer Research events as well as take part in the Ping project to showcase it.”
Pink Pong International Table Tennis stars featured on this unique table are: Josh Band, Sean Doherty, Will Bayley, Amanda Mogey, Corinna Whitaker, Ryan Jenkins,Charlotte Carey, David Wetherill, Kelly Sibley, and Pink Pong Founder Liz May.
Date for the Diary: Launch Day - Hackney Half Marathon, London
The T3 Pink Pong Table will be launched at the Hackney Half Marathon on
Sunday 8th May at the Cancer Research UK marquee.
For more information contact Liz at Pink Pong: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us and show your support by being one of the first to have a game or hit on our new table. Come on your own or as a team. Open to all ages and abilities! We’ve even got spot prizes for the most fun players!
What is T3?
T3 Ping Pong is three or six-a-side table tennis. It follows similar rules to the traditional game, but it is played on a circular table with three or six players on each team. The distinctive circular design and specially constructed net are the foundations of a game which offers a greater range of shots increasing the scope for some spectacular rallies.
Launched in 2013, this unique British made and designed product, is being described as the biggest game changer in over 100 years of table tennis! And it’s obvious why!
T3 ping pong also caught the attention of the International sports community at ISPO in January, where it was awarded ‘FINALIST’ in the ISPO 2016/17 Brand New Awards held in Munich, Germany.
“We first met Liz of PINK PONG last year at the World Championships of Ping Pong when she approached us about making a pink T3! I could see it straight away, as could my 5 year old daughter who now wants to know why all our tables aren’t pink! The end result is even better and it features all the table tennis stars who support Pink Pong and Cancer Research.’
Digi Berry, Director, T3 Ping Pong.
The game is all about team, fun and inclusivity.
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