A leading UK-based development agency is harnessing the British enthusiasm for quizzes to raise funds in the struggle against global poverty.
Between 12 and 18 September 2011, hundreds of people will hold events across the UK as part of the annual Quizaid income drive, says Christian Aid.
In homes, workplaces, schools and local pubs, quiz fans will be testing their brains in the name of charity and social justice. Adventurous quizzers are being encouraged to choose more unusual venues in order to reach a larger number of people.
A spokesperson for the developemnt agency explained: "Quizaid is a fun way for supporters to raise money for Christian Aid’s work with communities in 50 of the world’s poorest countries."
"In 2011 the aim is to raise £105,000," she added.
The money raised will help change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people, Christian Aid says. Just 50p could buy a school writing book and 40p could buy three pencils for children in Burundi. £9 could buy books, pens, pencils, erasers and a uniform for a child in Bangladesh. £57 could pay a month’s salary for a literacy teacher in Bolivia, allowing up to 25 people the chance of an education.
Quiz fans can hold their own Quizaid event by applying for a free fundraising pack online at www.christianaid.org.uk/quizaid . The pack includes the quiz questions and answers. Hosts will ask everyone who enters a quiz to make a donation.