Virtual quiz night raises cash for Oban charity and Tearfund

Pictured from left, Daniel Rimmer, youth worker with H2O, Mary Black, organiser of the Oban Tearfund Big Quiz Night, and Alan Windram, director of Little Door Books.

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Organisers of the Oban event for this year’s Tearfund Big Quiz Night have said they are delighted with how the evening went.

Due to Covid restrictions, the annual quiz was held via Zoom on November 14, with 10 teams and 75 people taking part.

Organised by Mary Black of Oban Baptist Church to help raise money for the work of Tearfund, the evening also saw local youth charity H2O benefit from the fun night.

Money raised for Tearfund is set to help change the lives of people living in poverty – such as Alaya, her husband Bazwell and their three young children in Malawi. They rely on growing maize to survive, but the weather patterns that have guided their farming for generations have changed and it’s putting everyone at risk of sickness and starvation. Frequent flooding brings diseases, such as cholera, and damages their home, washing away what little food they have. With Tearfund’s partner, AG Care, Alaya and Bazwell are learning new ways of working the land under these tough conditions.

Mary Black said of the evening: ‘We were delighted with the evening. A total of 17,355 people from 475 churches took part in the event and to date it has raised £203,259 nationally towards the charity’s work.

‘We raised £585 towards that total, which was a great achievement, and I’d like to thank everyone who took part and who donated to the cause.

‘I’d also like to thank my colleagues who ensured the evening went without a hitch, with Alan Windram as quiz master, Crawford Inglis, who ensured everything ran smoothly technically, and Amy Inglis and Susan Windram who handled all the publicity. I’d also like to thank Kilchrenan-based publishers Little Door Books, which put up a £100 donation to be presented to the quiz winner’s charity of choice.

‘The Otters were our winning team and they nominated H2O to benefit.’

Alan Windram, director of Little Door Books, said: ‘The quiz was a lot of fun and was for such a good cause. Little Door Books was also delighted to provide the donation for the nominated charity, H2O, which we know does fantastic work among Oban’s young people.’