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Soroptimist quiz night offering big prizes for the right answers

Sep 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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EMPOWERING WOMEN: Upper Hutt Soroptimists at their monthly meeting in Upper Hutt

 THOUSANDS of dollars’ worth of prizes are to be won at the Upper Hutt’s Soroptimists’ annual quiz night.

Soroptimist International is a global movement of women who focus on improving the lives of women and girls through education or enabling opportunities.

This is the seventh year for the quiz night, which will be held on October 4 at the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club, Upper Hutt Information Centre, Silverstream Pharmacy or Quinny’s Dry cleaning.

The entry fee can also be paid on the night, with the quiz starting promptly at 7.30pm.

Soroptimist treasurer Jackie West says the money raised from the quiz night will contribute towards current projects of Soroptimist Upper Hutt.

“Our projects include giving a grant to a teen parent from a local school and a $500 grant to a girl from Heretaunga of Upper Hutt College to help her to continue with her education.”

Soroptimists of Upper Hutt also donate to the toy library, Upper Hutt Women’s Centre, Timberlea Community Centre, Fred Hollows Foundation cataract operations in Asia, Women’s Refuge and Red Cross.

“We focus our projects on helping women, children, and the Upper Hutt community,” Mrs West says.

Acting secretary Dorothy Gill says the quiz night provides the bulk of the Soroptimists of Upper Hutt’s funding.

“In November of each year we make a disbursement of all the money we have managed to raise during the year, and a large proportion of it is raised by the quiz night.” Soroptimist Barbara Milburn says there will be plenty of prizes to be won on the night, as well as a raffle for a large blanket made by a member of the Soroptimist group.

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BIG PRIZE: Janet Moore displays the blanket she knitted for the quiz night raffle

“There are $300 worth of prizes for first and second place as well as thousands of dollars’ worth of spot prizes and raffles to be won throughout the evening.”

Janet Moore, right, spent months knitting a 1.3m x 1.88m blanket which will be raffled at the quiz night.

Raffle tickets for the blanket can be bought for $2 each.

Mrs Moore says it took at least 300 hours for her to complete the blanket.

“It took me a full evening to make a single square.”

The blanket weighs almost 1.5 kilograms and is made mainly of mohair and the rest pure wool, giving it a soft and fluffy texture.

Mrs Gill says it took about $240 worth of wool to make the blanket, which was donated by members of the community and bought from second-hand shops.

“It is a unique, beautifully made work of art, in lovely colours, as well as being incredibly warm and cosy.”

She says that, on average, 100 people attend the quiz night but the Soroptimist organisers can always do with more.

“The more money we raise, the more money we will be able to distribute to various charities around Upper Hutt.”

The Pub Quiz Charity Night is on Friday October 4 at the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club at 7.30pm. Teams can have up to seven people. For more information, contact Barbara Milburn at Jim.barbara@xtra.co.nz or 528 5254.


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