Friday 18th October saw our annual fundraising Trivia Night come to life once again, where we got up to some good old-fashioned mischief for a good cause!
As arrivals rolled in, filled their glasses and found some team mates, we knew we were in for a great night! Some teams came in costume, while some even supplied their own table decorations!
The night featured questions on a variety of topics, from "Australian Birds" and "National Parks", to "Entertainment of this Decade" and "1969" (because why not?). We also got to enjoy nutritious and delicious vegan food, presented on biodegradable tableware (banana leaves and cabbage cups made an appearance), along with an assortment of drinks and fruit punch. We'd like to give a huge shout out to our kitchen hands on the night; Parimal, Csilla and Megan, our miniature food servers Jack and Matilda and our lovely bar attendant, Mapendo.
As the questions came at the teams hard and fast, the bribes started rolling in, with Linda carrying out the dirty deeds and returning with mysterious brown paper bags. When some teams started scoring 10 out of 10 we knew our answers had been traded away! Thank you to Linda for this mischievous work, and to David for devising some truly difficult questions and for scoring the answers, along with Peter.
Highlights of the night included the talent show in our game of Animal Charades, where enthusiastic participants wriggled, crawled and squawked to the delight of their audience! You can watch one of the more cheeky performances here.
Throughout the night, lucky door prizes were distributed to the lucky winners, some of who were delighted with their winnings (who wouldn't want to win a roll of recycled toilet paper?), and others who got a good laugh.
Towards the end of the night our major "Cash for Conservation" raffle was drawn, with four lucky winners announced (also streamed live via our Facebook page). We raised over $950 in ticket sales from this fundraising raffle, and we are so grateful to the businesses who donated the prizes and to all of our supporters who purchased tickets!
We were thrilled to "make the day" of the following winners:
Rowena Hallows won a family day pass to Coffee World in Mareeba;
Sue O'Brien was the winner of a gift pack from The Source Bulk Foods;
Malcolm Tattersall cheerfully took home a $50 voucher for Mary Who? Bookshop; and
Jillian O'Keeffe was delighted to win a $50 voucher for Gecko Interiors!
Our MCs Simon and Leni kept us all on our toes as the teams battled it out for a place on NQCC's famous Trivia Championship plaque, which in the end came down to a two-team tie! Bribery and corruption may have had a role to play, but the score board doesn't lie! Congratulations to the Bogglers and Suppository of Wisdom, who shared first place on 68.5 points (leaving the Inundated Islanders just one point behind).
Thank you to everyone who turned up, supported our event and turned our annual fundraiser into such a special night! Thanks to your generosity, (and to those who purchased raffle tickets online) we raised over $2,800 for our organisation!
We really hope that everyone who attended enjoyed themselves, and next year we have plans to milk out even more laughter and silliness to keep you on your toes!