Cambridge FC’s efforts to provide better playing surfaces for our young players have received a huge boost from this year’s successful RICOH Quiz Night fundraiser.
Preliminary figures show the club has raised about $6,000 to go towards the Junior Pitches Levelling Project.
About 200 enthusiastic supporters of the club took part in the quiz at Cambridge East School, combining their knowledge of trivia with raffles, silent auctions and simply having a fun evening.
Fittingly, event and club sponsor RICOH also provided the winning quiz team showing their knowledge of everything from sports and entertainment to geography and history.
Club chairman Steve Thomas said this year’s event had been outstanding and he paid tribute to the team of volunteers who organised the event, led by Vanessa Payne, Calleigh Baker, Alistair McQuarters and Jamie McKean.
Attendees were superbly coerced by MC Camille Guzwell – co-host of The Breeze breakfast show – into parting with cash for raffles and auctions, while club president Peter Martens once again showed his skills as quizmaster.
Volunteers from the club staffed the bar, marked quiz sheets and sold raffles throughout the night.
Chairman Thomas thanked all the club sponsors and companies who had donated excellent prizes, all of whom were recognised in a specially-printed 16-page programme for the event.
The money raised will go towards the levelling project, which is a long-term plan to raise at least $150,000 so the junior playing fields can be professionally levelled to provide more pitches with excellent playing surfaces. At present, the club can only utilise less than about 60% of the land available because of undulation and poor drainage.
With the quiz night funds, the club expects to finish this season with about $15,000 set aside for the project.
The club’s experience is that once it has raised about $25,000, it can then realistically seek grants from various funders with the knowledge that it has been pro-active in leading the project.
Raising large amounts of money for the senior clubroom extensions ($200,000) and the construction of the junior clubrooms had shown the importance of establishing a fighting fund through our members’ own efforts.