‘Ratatouille’ star ‘Remy’ stirs hot debate at Charity Quiz Night!


30th Anniversary Fund-raising Challenge

To bring our 30th anniversary fund-raising challenge to a roaring climax, we finished how we started, by running a Charity Quiz Night on 5th February 2015 at the Bowers & Pitsea Football Club.   The fund-raising has been in aid of 3 local charities; Be Child Cancer Aware, the Indee Rose Trust and the Hamelin Trust.   The evening was held in the club bar, where a complimentary buffet was provided by ITEC and supplied by Clair and her team at the Bowers Club.

A year ago, to launch our 30th anniversary, the Charity Quiz had a theme – all the questions were about 1984, the year ITEC opened.  A tough challenge for any quiz master!   This year, no theme was used. We considered having all the questions about 2014, the year ITEC celebrated its 30th Anniversary, but we felt this would be too restrictive for the quiz master and the contestants.  After all, some of the films, books, songs and TV programmes from 1984 are dearly-loved classics today.   2014 hasn’t been gone long enough to inspire any classics!! Unless, of course, you know differently???!!

Can you name the rat in Disney’s ‘Ratatouille’?

thCAWVYVZ1Firstly we had a round of questions on ‘Food & Drink, followed by some pictures of Disney Characters for our teams to name.   A short debate was held over the name of the rat in ‘Ratatouille’, which was resolved with the power of Google and the memory of a young girl, who names ‘Remy’ as one of her favourite characters.   The quiz master bowed to the expertise of this young Disney fan and, of course, the mighty Google.   There were more teams that lost a point for ‘Ratatouille’ than gained a point for ‘Remy’, but fair’s fair, we can’t dis a young girl’s favourite character!

The quiz master thought the ‘Musical Breaks’ round would sort the men from the boys as famous guitar breaks were played in isolation from their well-known songs.  However, this didn’t faze anyone and all teams scored 50% or more in this round.  The round that did seem to catch our quizzers out was the devilish ‘Films’ round.  All the questions were from the quiz master’s DVD collection and proved to be taxing for all our teams!

Winners and shakers

Quiz winners10 rounds and 2 marathons later, the winning team was ‘Total Thickos’, who obviously didn’t live up to their name!   They successfully defended their title as they won last year under the aptly 1984-inspired name of ‘The Thought Police’.   They were closely followed by The Addams Family in second place and, last year’s runners-up, Culture Club in third place.


Charity funds raised

Coupled with a successful raffle, the Quiz night raised £437, taking our total for the fund-raising year to £3600.   We plan to present a cheque for £1200 to each of our 3 charities at our annual Awards Evening on 16th April at Bowers & Pitsea Football Club.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past 12 months and who have helped make this such a successful year for ITEC.   Special thanks and acknowledgements go to Clair and her team at the Bowers Club and to all the ITEC staff who have given their time and energy to help with a successful fund-raising year.

Happy Anniversary ITEC, 1984-2014, and still going strong!

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Wendy Vickers

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