Fundraiser far from trivial
Monday, 21st June, 2010
A trivia night aimed at raising money for two Willyama High School students to attend a leaders conference in the US was a surprising success on Friday night.
Year 10 students Hayden Zammit and Cassie McEvoy and English teacher Jo Hirst organised the fundraiser aimed at raising money for the two to attend the Global Youth Leaders Conference in Washington DC and New York City next month.
The event was held in the Musicians Club hall which was provided free of charge for the night by the club.
Organisers said over 150 participants attended the night that proved to be very successful.
19 teams of five or more worked through ten rounds of questions based on geography, entertainment, and sport; which were read by local radio announcer Andrew Schmidt.
Teacher Joanne Hirst was overwhelmed with the support from the community.
“We’re absolutely delighted because so many people have given things and provided donations,” Ms Hirst said.
Hayden Zammit was also surprised at the turn out and thanked the community.
“We’ve had great support from all people who have come to the Trivia Night tonight, especially with our auction that we’ve held,” Hayden said.
Art works from various Broken Hill artists were auctioned off by Nic McNamara at the half way point of the night, and caused some competition between the crowd.
John Dynon, Wendy Martin, Ian Lewis and Howard Steer prints earned over $700 collectively.
Julie Hart, who donated a framed print from her art gallery was bought for $230, and a Pro Hart original etching donated by his wife Raylee was bought for $500.
“We’ve estimated to have raised well over $1000 which is definelty a fantastic effort and a great contribution to our trip,” Hayden said.
A “Heads or Tails” competition was held along with bonus games which had players naming certain famous faces and flags from around the world.
MC Andrew Schmidt said it’s one of the biggest turn outs he’s seen for a trivia night.
“I’ve been involved with probably 100 quiz nights and trivia nights over the years and in terms of response this is the biggest one I’ve ever seen.”
“It was a great cause, raised quite a bit of money but at the end of the day the main thing is they’ve all had a little bit of fun.”
Hayden said currently, he does not know how much money was collectively raised.