By Caroline Smith
A Quiz Night aimed at supporting the work and services of Pregnancy Assistance has this month attracted some 160 people.
Pregnancy Assistance Chairman Eric Jas said the numbers were particularly impressive given that the event, held on Saturday 5 August at Manning Parish, was the first of its kind for the organisation
“This was the first time we did something like this, and it went incredibly well,” Mr Jas said.
“The fact that we had so many people there was amazing,” he said.
“We also had a lot of young people there, which is really good to see.
“There were also a number of people who donated prizes. It’s definitely something that we will do more often.”
Pregnancy Assistance volunteer and event organiser Veronica O’Brien said that money raised on the night, which totalled around $5,000, would go towards the general services and support offered by the agency.
“The funds mainly will go to Pregnancy Assistance for day-to-day things, for women who come to us for help,” she said.
Organisation of the Quiz Night had involved much collaboration from people in the community and those connected with Pregnancy Assistance, she added.
“Some of the donated prizes included a river cruise, a night’s stay at a hotel apartment in the city, restaurant vouchers, photography sessions, gym memberships, jewellery and original artwork, to name a few.
Most of the items were sourced by volunteer Elizabeth Smith.
“Andrew Smith was the quiz master, and arranged the questions and games for the night,” she said.
Ms O’Brien added that Pregnancy Assistance would be organising a barbecue fundraiser in November, with the date and venue yet to be confirmed.