Charity quizzes ‘are a way to give back’

October 02 2019

Charity quizzes ‘are a way to give back’

A MUM in Lyde Green has launched a project to raise funds for charities after her family were supported by a local church.
Katie Rakoczi lives in the development with her two daughters. For her project, called Quizzing for Causes, she produces a monthly quiz sheet that people can pay a £1 for, or make a donation. There’s a child’s quiz and adult quiz available, with questions on topics such as general knowledge, ding bats and word puzzles, nursery rhymes and logos for kids to colour in. After they have completed it and returned it to Katie (either directly or via Coffee at Lyde in Lyde Green Community Centre), they will be entered into the monthly prize draw, where they could win a £10 cash prize for the adult quiz and a goodie bag for a children’s quiz.  
Initially Katie chose to support St James Church in Mangotsfield and their Create800 project for building renovations, and she raised £110 the first month and £160 the second. For October she has also written a quiz  in aid of Lee’s Lasting Legacy, the charity launched by the family of eight-year-old Lee Belgium, who died in April.
Katie said: “I took my kids to a messy church session at St James and everyone there was so lovely and friendly.  After learning that they were fundraising to rebuild parts of the church, I decided I wanted to give something back. It started off as my way of saying thank you for the support that they had given to me and the girls, and I also wanted to do something that would get kids off their screens, bring people together and help everyone escape the stresses of everyday life too.
“My two children love helping with the questions and picking out prizes too. After the success of the first few quiz sheets I decided I wanted to keep it going for other local causes. The idea is that anyone from a small charity that needs a bit of a cash injection can come forward, and all of the takings from the quiz will go directly to them. At the moment I am driving round to drop off paper copies of the quiz or emailing it to people, with donations being received via PayPal, but I am hoping to make this process simpler as the quizzes get bigger.
“The nicest part of it has been when people have messaged back to tell me about the fun they had, and a man from the church group also told me he enjoyed doing it to keep busy. For me it’s not just about raising money, it’s also something to give a bit of escapism too!”
Katie told the Voice she has been invited to pitch at Downend Soup in November, and she hopes to receive some support to help grow her quizzes using technology such as an app. In addition, she is also looking for businesses to offer quiz prizes, and shops or cafes that would be happy to act as a collection and drop-off point for quiz sheets. To find out more about Katie’s quizzes, email: katielrakoczi@gmail.com or search for “Quizzing for Causes” on Facebook.