MORE than 200 volleyball players raised $10,000 for the survivors of the super-typhoon that flattened areas in the Philippines last year.
The Baulkham Hills Volleyball organisation, led by Joe Sleiman, held the 24-hour volleython last month at Emerton Leisure Centre, Blacktown.
‘‘At the start, we were not too confident about a good turnout, considering that people were just recovering from over-eating during Christmas and preparing for New Year’s Eve celebrations,’’ Sleiman said.
‘‘But we were delighted that 230 entries registered for a sleepless 24 hours of continuous volleyball.’’
The organisers were also surprised to raise $10,000.
The funds will be delivered to the super-typhoon survivors through two charity organisations: $5000 to Caritas and $5000 to the Red Cross.
‘‘Most teams were organised at random and on the run,’’ Sleiman said.
‘‘They took turns to play timed games and all three courts were constantly full for the entire 24 hours.’’
Blacktown Council supported the event by providing Emerton Leisure Centre, staff and security.
‘‘The first 18 hours were crazy,” Sleiman said.
“There were so many people wanting to play and not enough courts.
‘‘But with DJ Reano from Priority One pumping out the music and the 3D Reborn dancers putting on a show, players got into the spirit and socialised while watching some exciting volleyball games. ‘‘It was a great atmosphere.’’
From 5.30am on Sunday, players were starting to feel the pressure, and newly-arriving relief players were a sight for sore eyes, Sleiman said.