Quiz yields Nepal fund cash

Competing Girvan Nepal teens receive a cheque for �500 from Girvan Soroptomists President Vicky Barrowcliffe.
Competing Girvan Nepal teens receive a cheque for �500 from Girvan Soroptomists President Vicky Barrowcliffe.

QUIZZERS have busted the brain cells to help a group of Girvan teens on their way to a Nepalese adventure.

Girvan’s Soroptomists last week held their annual quiz in aid of the Girvan Nepal fund, which hopes to send 18 Girvan Academy students to the southern Asian republic in summer 2014.

The first time a group of Academy pupils will be taking part in an Adventure Lifesigns school expedition, which enable groups of youngsters to plan and lead their own overseas adventures, the Girvan students will decide their own itineraries and arrange accommodation for their two teams, as well as participating in humanitarian efforts such as helping construct a school and enjoying activities including sight-seeing and safari along the way.

The classmates will also embark on a gruelling week-long trek across the Annapurna section of the Himalayas, which is home to one of only 18 peaks of more than 8000 metres in height in the world.

And last week’s quiz, with rounds including anagrams, lyrics, geography, food and drink, and science and nature, was an all-round brain-battle towards the £500 raised.

But Nepal trip staff, Girvan Academy’s Alan Drennan and Lyn Wilson, teamed with Guy and Margaret Oscroft, came out in pole position, beating last year’s leaders – “The Light Relief” of Isobel Bone, Moyra Redden, Margaret McCreath and Ian Mackenzie – who came equal third.

With 24 teams competing – six more than last year – Soroptomist President Vicky Barrowcliffe said she was glad of the response.

“It was a fantastic night and everyone had a great time,” she said. “We hope to see everybody again next year.”

The £500 total will add to the group’s existing fundraising pot and alleviate the more than £3000 per child cost of the kids’ southern Asian escapade.

Upcoming Girvan Nepal events include a presence at the South Carrick Community Leisure Big Fun Day at Girvan Harbour on April 6; a coffee morning at Girvan’s South Parish Church Hall on April 13; and a May Fun Day and car wash at Girvan Academy on May 4.

Individuals and organisations with more ideas of how they might help the Girvan team fundraise for the trip should contact Mr Drennan at alan.drennan@south-ayrshire.gov.uk.