On the 7th of March a group of CAFOD supporters held a Quiz Night at Our Lady of Sorrows church hall in Effingham.
Anne-Marie Meyniel, one of the organisers, gives us a run-down of the evening.
‘The event was organised by the Children of the parish and aimed at raising money for CAFOD, the children – Keith, Eloise and Kieran. are hoping to raise £750 this year, the equivalent of a World Gift water well.
‘On the night itself, we had 58 people there, with a mix of people of all ages, from both churches of the parish. Father John Inglis did a superb job as Quiz master and everyone had a great time: great fish and chips to eat, fiendish questions (what is the currency of Vietnam: The Ding, The Dong or The Dang?) and great company, with the children going from table to table to help the grown-ups.
‘We raised £410 including a raffle drawn on the night. The winning team was “The Optimists”, they won a basket of chocolate eggs (but they had all given up chocolate for Lent -what a shame). We had already raised £150 with a cake sale earlier in the year, so we will be submitting £560 by May as part of our Lent Appeal so we can get the matching from the government.
‘We are very grateful to have had great support from the people in the parish: so many who could not come on the night contributed gifts to the raffle or bought tickets and many families attended on the night.
This event was mostly organised by three of us mums, Bonnie, Emma and myself with the help of our children. We should also mention the husbands, Tony and Nigel, who worked very hard on the night arranging tables, scoring the quiz and shepherding people to tables etc. Of course, none of this would have happen without Kit Oliver,’ (and CAFOD’s volunteer in the parish for many years) ‘our choir master and organist, who first planted the idea of raising funds in the children’s minds.
Our thanks go to all who organised and contributed to the quiz in various ways and those who have helped build up such good support in the parish over the years.
If you would like help arranging a similar event in your parish then get in touch with us in the office.