ANOTHER successful Talk of the Town/MyPond Hotel quiz raised R12 300 for the Port Alfred Soup Kitchen last week.
With 84 participants, the lion’s share was made from ticket sales at R100 a ticket, but a well-supported raffle raised R3 850.
It was the fourth quarterly quiz for the Soup Kitchen to raise money for the cash-strapped charity since Lotto’s allocation did not come through last year.
Longtime supporters of the Soup Kitchen were joined by newcomers and even a few visitors to town as they matched wits in teams of four, pooling knowledge to come up with answers in five sections – geography, general knowledge, famous faces, music clips and match the date.
Teams could choose one section on which to play their “joker” up front, and double their score in that round. Some chose wisely and others fell short, but everyone still had a fun time.
Most teams did well at geography, but came unstuck when trying to identify the faces of classic beauties of the silver screen, like Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren. The older generation had an advantage there.
The music video clips featured performers from a range of eras, from Bing Crosby singing Old Man River to a hit by rock group The Script from last year, Superheroes, which should have rung bells as it received extensive airplay on SABC TV.
People with a knowledge of history did well at matching dates with a list of historical events.
Debra Harris of the Soup Kitchen said it was “incredible” to have raised more than R12 000.
“The atmosphere was great with 21 teams participating and another fun filled evening was enjoyed together while at the same time supporting the Soup Kitchen,” Harris said.
“Thank you to all our faithful participants, TotT, MyPond for the venue and amazing eats, Stenden for your ongoing support and a very special thank you to Sibuya Game reserve for the main raffle prize of a game drive and lunch for two people valued at R2 508.”
Other prizes for the raffle tickets were meal vouchers from Café Reset, C’est la Vie and Wimpy, a massage voucher at the St Francis Health Centre, gift vouchers from Leach Pharmacy and Homebase, and d’vine deli donated Estate Garlic Olive oil.
Harris thanked Soup Kitchen fundraiser Ivy Gulliford for obtaining the prizes, including the ones for the top five teams, being MyPond meal vouchers, Stenden hoodies, a Lady Biscay River cruise, and Burksies and Wharf Street Brew Pub meal vouchers.
In what has become a tradition, the team that came last got the Wharf Street Fruit and Veg “Brain Food” veggie prize. This time it was Stenden.
Harris also thanked quizmaster Jon Houzet of TotT. “Thank you so much for your hard work in putting the quiz night together again. I know you enjoy it but at the same time it is time consuming,” she said.
“Thanks to each one of you, the Soup Kitchen is able to continue its vision in our little corner of this beautiful world.”