The Braes hosted Dunoon Hill Runners 2nd Annual Charity Quiz Night on the evening of Saturday 14 November 2015, which again was a completely sold out event! The club, now boasting nearly 70 members, enjoyed a fun-packed evening involving 20 teams all aiming to be crowned champions and, with last year’s winners present, it was going to be a close run affair.
After 2 hours and 9 rounds of hilarity – sorry, questions, plus the need for a tie-break question to split the top two teams, surprisingly it was the smallest team on the night that emerged the winners! Iain Cairns of Argyll Financial Services proudly stepped up along with his wife and in-laws to collect their prizes. Some would say his team had a distinct advantage as they had a retired geography teacher on board, given that Kenny Taylor who set the questions is also a geography teacher. Last year’s winners placed 3rd and, interestingly, they also had a geography teacher in their midst!
Teams also enjoyed a curry and their generosity was plentiful as they delved deep into their pockets to buy up large amounts of raffle tickets with over 20 prizes on offer, the greatest majority of which were kindly donated by local businesses who were nothing short of generous and supportive to the club.
The two charities chosen this year lie close to the club’s heart as both affect some of our members on a daily basis. The first charity chosen is Samuel’s Smile; it aims to help children diagnosed with rare forms of life limiting diseases. Founded by Samuel Bell’s parents, Samuel himself was born with an extremely rare disease called Total Interstitial Hirchsprungs disease and now at 17 years old is the oldest surviving person in the world with this condition. More information can be found here. The second charity to benefit is the local Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dunoon Hill Runners recognises that sometimes local charities can get lost amongst their bigger counterparts and, being mindful of this, we remain determined that monies raised would also benefit those locally affected. A grand total of £876 profit was raised on the night allowing the club to donate £438 to each of the two nominated charities.
Dunoon Hill Runners would like to extend their thanks to everyone who paid a ticket and attended the night; it is only through your continued support and generosity that makes events like this possible. We also wish to acknowledge all of the local businesses that kindly donated the raffle prize gifts, Argyll First, Bookpoint, Cothouse Garage, David Shields Joinery, Elite Clothing, Juno, Kennedy Chemist, Lorraine Community Fitness, Pink Fizz, Timothy Sharp Jewellers, Walkers Garden Centre and West Coast Motors. Thanks also to Jennifer and her staff at the Braes for their patience and great hospitality.