A good quiz for biz

2015-05-12 06:00
Tokai Lions present a certificate of appreciation to Lakeside fire station for its dedication and commitment to serving the community. Station commander Wayne Eastland is shown accepting the certificate on behalf of all the crew at Lakeside from Toka

Tokai Lions present a certificate of appreciation to Lakeside fire station for its dedication and commitment to serving the community. Station commander Wayne Eastland is shown accepting the certificate on behalf of all the crew at Lakeside from Toka

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When current Tokai Lions president Charles Flanagan was inaugurated in July last year, he wanted to raise funds from local businesses to increase their awareness of the needs of the community around them.

And with this vision in mind the Tokai Lions’ fundraising quiz night was born for local business people.

The first quiz night was held in September last year and the funds raised went towards the naked baby project, which is a project in which the club packed and distributed baby care packages for women in community hospitals who had “nothing for their newborn babies”.

Prizes for the winning quiz team, plus raffle prizes for the evening, were all donated by local companies and the quiz teams for the evening were all made up of local business people.

At the start of the evening the club gave a presentation on the naked baby project.

Funds were raised from the sales of raffle tickets and each quiz team paid for their participation.

The third quiz night was recently held. The funds from this event will go to the club’s community outreach programme, which covers environmental initiatives and emergency food needs.

The quiz nights are organised and staffed by Tokai Lions, and are held in the clubhouse in Tokai Forest.

The events have resulted in awareness of the club’s projects and the work it does, exposure to local businesses, funds raised from each of the evenings, additional lumpsum cash donations towards Lions projects, donations of prizes for the raffle and donations of other unwanted items like children’s books to distribute.

Members of quiz teams have indicated they want to help with Lions projects and some are potential new Lions members.

“Looking after our community is the responsibility of us all – the Tokai Lions, local businesses and the men and women living around us. It is vital to get the message out to the businesses about the work we do and the needs around us,” Flanagan says.

He adds that the response has been “incredible”.

“I can see this being a regular event, and a regular source of funds to enable to us to continue serving our community,” Flanagan says

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