Trivia lovers from around Chandler’s Ford raised over £1,500 for Christian Aid’s Autumn Appeal when they gathered at St-Martin-in-the-Wood church last Saturday night (November 10) for the fifth annual Quizaid evening. Over 100 people in 18 teams answered 7 rounds of themed questions set by quizmaster Adam Murton, with the winning team taking home the coveted prize: a box of chocolates.
This year Adam set a childrens’ quiz for the first time, where two prizes of solar-powered/wind-up torches were won by pupils of St Francis CofE Primary School in Valley Park.
The quiz was organised by members of Chandler’s Ford’s Christian Aid Action Group. Chairman Brian Ridsdale said
‘we’re delighted that all the money raised on the evening is being match funded 4:1 by the European Union, resulting in £7,665 going to the Breaking The Barriers programme, supporting female entrepreneurs to start businesses in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Honduras and Malawi.’
Various community groups and churches were represented, including Street Pastors, the Parish of Chandler’s Ford, Chandlers Ford Methodist Church, St Francis Church, Valley Park, St Edward the Confessor RC Church and Chandlers Ford URC. The Street Pastors donated a generous hamper for a raffle prize.
Stephen Dominy, Christian Aid’s regional coordinator for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said
‘a huge thank you to everyone that worked hard to make this event such a success. From the planning to the ticket selling to the food preparation to the room re-arranging… a lot of people put themselves out (and risked putting their backs out). Special thanks to the Street Pastors and the other donors of raffle prizes. The new children’s quiz was a great innovation, we’re grateful to Adam for setting the questions so thoughtfully.’