After the success of our twelve Hour Ping-Pong-A-Thon in March at Nottingham’s happening venue for drinks and games, Das Kino, EFTC supporter Rob Evans raised the stakes with another follow-on sports-themed funding raising event.
Rob contacted Olympics and Commonwealth Games Table Tennis star Sam Walker, and challenged him to a match! Sam agreed, but on one condition... he would happily play Rob and anyone else, as long as they make a small donation to the Education For The Children Foundation.
Fast forward a few weeks and on Friday 5th April we hosted our ‘Play The Pro’ Table Tennis challenge at West Bridgford Table Tennis Club at Rushcliffe School. For a small donation to EFTC, players put their Table Tennis talents to the test against the formidable Sam Walker.
Mahalia Carroll, Fundraising and Development Manager told us:
“The event was a big success. Rob Evans kicked-off the night with the first game against Sam and we had a full schedule of people wanting to play… quite a test as Sam competed for England in the Olympics and also at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he won a silver medal!”
In total around thirty ‘Play the Pro’ games took place and it was a fantastic opportunity for lots of young Table Tennis fans to meet their hero. Sam was a true sportsman and very kind to everyone he played - even giving them tips on how to improve their serve!... “Hold your bat like this”, “Have you thought about?” and more advice for our future stars.
Sam also underlined the work that EFTC is doing:
“I believe every child, wherever they live in the world, should have the right to an education, to develop their skills and realise their potential, whether academic or sporting. Without EFTC, these youngsters in Guatemala would be on the streets and destined for a life of poverty, danger and ill health.”
The EFTC team gave Sam a framed photo of the kids in Guatemala holding a sign with the words “Thank you Sam Walker”. And of course, if he fancies a visit, he’s very welcome at the school anytime.
The event raised over £200, every penny of which will go directly to our School of Hope in Guatemala, to help our students to break the cycle of poverty through education.