Table tennis for Viva con Agua

Improving the supply of drinking water in Ethiopia with a round-the-table table tennis tournament sounds like a good cause – and so it is. So we’d like to present you the project and the people behind it.

Who or what is Viva con Agua?

Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli e.V. is a friendly society committed to ensuring access to clean drinking water for everyone across the globe. They fund water projects and national and international campaigns to achieve this aim, and at the same time bring joy to many people.

How did the Viva von Agua initiative come about?

The project was founded by Benjamin Adrion, a player in FC St. Pauli in Hamburg. His team were at a training camp on Cuba in 2005. That’s where the idea was born of backing a world famine relief project, part of which including supplying daycare centres for children in Havanna with drinking water dispensers. The team collected donations at parties, concerts and talks, and thus made a major contribution to the Cuban project. The team decided not to leave it at the one project and use the concept to fund further projects – and so they did!

In Germany, a lot of people are familiar with the Viva con Agua mineral water bottles in the supermarket – but that is just a small part of the club’s activities. The main idea is to create awareness of the difficult drinking water situation in less privileged countries through music, sport and art events, and to use the proceeds from these events and donations collected at them to support drinking water projects.

Viva von Agua explains its mission in a nutshell in this video:

Viva Movimiento – Round-the-Table Table Tennis Tournament

Why not save this date – the Viva Movimiento #6 – Round-the-Table Table Tennis Tournament staged by the regional Viva con Agua organisation in Cologne.

The event takes place on Saturday, 5 May 2018, at 6 p.m. in Ehrenfeld, Cologne.

If you live near Cologne and would like to demonstrate your round-the-table skills and test them against other strong teams, then this is the place to be on 5 May. Fun is guaranteed in the relaxed club atmosphere, not to mention during the celebrations at the aftershow party.

This will be the 6th edition of the tournament. In 2017, 32 teams of 4 players each took part. How about it? We’ve heard that table tennis is pretty popular in Düsseldorf, and that’s just a stone’s throw away from Cologne… 😉

Click here for details and the registration form:

www.vca-koeln.de/rundlauf/

The invitation is however limited to amateurs. The tournament is a fun event, so club players with a QTTR value of 1,400 or more are not allowed to take part. Pros can of course come along to cheer and coach.

We wish Viva con Agua and all participants a successful and great evening.

© Photos: Steffen Z Wolff