Our Club Secretary for the past 3 years, Ian, has been a supporter of the ‘Melon Mission’ for some time, and has been to Kenya many times to help build some of the classrooms and the toilet block for this charity. In its compound, far removed from the appalling conditions they find themselves in through no fault of their own, 450 street kids from the slums of Nakuru in Kenya, West Africa, are given the life-saving opportunity of a nutritious meal and education, and hopefully the possibility of making something of their destitute lives. Our Quiz night on Friday 31st March 2017 was an opportunity for us to raise enough money to put 2 children through this programme. (If you would like to know more about Melon Mission, they have a website and a facebook page.)

We had a magnificent response and filled 27 tables with teams of 6 in the Hayling Island Community Centre on March 31st. The raffle prizes included a £200 Brittany Ferries voucher, a £80 meal voucher at ‘Fat Olives’ restaurant in Emsworth, flowers, chocolates and of course ‘booze’. The food was provided by Northney Farm kitchens, and Stan and Mary Pike outdid themselves with a very tasty meal of cottage pie followed by apple pie and cream.

A  trustee of Melon Mission was on hand to tell us about the wonderful work this charity is doing in Kenya, and during the interval we showed a video and slide show of the Mission and the building work that our secretary Ian has been involved in.

The questions, set by our President Jackie Branson, provided a good mix in 8 categories to tax even the smartest teams, but the eventual winning team was ‘Universally Challenged’, who went home with a bottle of wine each. We managed to raise a wonderful £1,953 to exceed our expectations, and with a supplement from our charity account will be able to fully fund two street children from Nakuru through 4 years of education. So a big thank you to all who supported us and made the evening such a great and enjoyable success.

Quizzers at the ready

Quizzers at the ready

Prize presentation

Captain of the winning team ‘Universally Challenged’ receiving his prize from Rotarian Hon Treasurer Jan

The raffle crew

The raffle crew

Keeping the score and handling the projector

Stuart, keeping the score and handling the projector

Trevor and Colin, marking the answer papers

Trevor and Colin, marking the answer papers