Quizzing for a good cause with The Circle

I’m Alice and I am a Community Fundraising Intern at ACK, funded by The Rank Foundation. The Circle is one of the organisations I am fundraising for this year.

The July quiz night was not only The Circle’s first Quiz Night, it was the first event I had planned for The Circle, so this was a very exciting opportunity. After chatting to Paul, The Circle Manager, a date and question themes for the quiz were set. We decided on a cash prize of 25% of the entry fees. This was decided as we thought it would encourage those out with The Circle to attend the Quiz. It also encouraged more people to enter, as the more teams that entered the higher the cash prize. Once these details were decided the planning could begin.

I created the quiz from scratch researching and choosing questions I thought would make the quiz open to everyone. Early on in the planning process Paul had mentioned involving the Circle tenants and volunteers. I thought this was a great idea as The Circle has a real community feel. I sent out an email asking if anyone would like to create a quiz round. A former tenant got in touch and create the Cat round including questions on cats – big, small and even cartoon cats! This was really exciting as it is something I never would have thought of, and participants would not expect.

Planning also involved coming up with some fundraising games to play on the night. I decided to play Heads & Tails and run a raffle. For future events I would look to include more games to give everyone a chance to get out their seats and to get more prizes for the raffle.

I went into the quiz with a very laid back attitude which may have worried some people but I knew it would all come together in the end. And it did.

It was a rather hot night for the Quiz but that didn’t stop 9 teams entering, I couldn’t believe how people turned up. I hope to attract even more for our next quiz.

I was quite nervous about being the Quiz master as I wasn’t sure how easy or difficult people would find the quiz, and if they would be able to hear me at the back. But it went really well. Having the questions on the screen also helped.

The Circle and ACK teams were really supportive and helped in anyway they could. This was a great learning experience and has given more the confidence to go on and plan more quizzes, maybe even a themed one.

If you would like to join the fun and come along to one of our Quizzes we have a couple coming up:

Tuesday 11th September– 7pm at D’arcy Thompson, Entry is £5 per person. With teams of up to 6 people. https://thecirclequiz-darcythompson.eventbrite.co.uk

Thursday 25th October – 6:45pm at The Circle Quiz, in partnership with Better:Gen, £10 for a team of up to 4. Watch this space for more details and tickets.

I hope to see you there.

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