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Why Susan Sarandon just dedicated a ping pong room in Germany

The Oscar-winning actress is known for her advocacy work and for her love of the sport – and both collided in Berlin.


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Susan Sarandon at a Berlin shelter for refugees.Susan Sarandon at a Berlin shelter for refugees.Photo: Courtesy photo
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When we think of relief organizations liked the Red Cross and AmeriCares, we often picture them rushing in after an earthquake or other natural disaster. But they also help with other, more long-term projects.

For example, IsraAID is currently helping run two refugee shelters in Berlin. The Israel-based humanitarian relief organization has dispatched teams of mental health professionals who are providing training and direct support to refugee and local communities.

American actress Susan Sarandon, known for her involvement with many charitable causes, recently stopped by the IsraAID shelters to lend a helping hand. She participated in an art therapy session for children and a handful of workshops. Sarandon, who owns several ping pong bars across America, also helped dedicate a table tennis room in the shelter. The paddles were donated by Stiga, a Swedish ping-pong equipment company.

"I'm so grateful to meet and work with IsraAID who have educated me about the refugee crisis," said the Oscar-winning actress. "I was proud to see their important work providing psycho-social support for refugees."

The Academy Award winner is a ping-pong aficionado.The Academy Award winner is a ping-pong aficionado. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

The equipment was donated by Stiga, a Swedish company that has been making table tennis paddles since the 1940s.The equipment was donated by Stiga, a Swedish company that has been making table tennis paddles since the 1940s. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

The Oscar-winning actress helped out at an art therapy session at two refugee shelters in Berlin.The Oscar-winning actress helped out at an art therapy session at two refugee shelters in Berlin. (Photo: Facebook)

The Oscar-winning actress helped out at an art therapy session at two refugee shelters in Berlin.Sarandon (center) worked in conjunction with the Tel Aviv-based IsraAID organization. (Photo: Facebook)

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