Pilgrims walk to shrine
Trivia, Survivor test push appeal towards its target
By Kathleen Carmody
Caritas Australia and ex-Survivor contestant Lance Brooks are inching closer to their target of raising $50,000 for the Communities for Communities project.
They raised more than $23,000 in a trivia night which took the total to $38,000.
Communities for Communities, a welfare and education project to assist a community of ethnic Burmese in Ranong on the Thai-Burma border, is the brainchild of Brooks, a marketing executive who was a contestant on Australian Survivor.
The project aims to help the people of Ranong towards independence through development and education programs and to raise an awareness here of how other people live and what they experience.
Around 430 guests crammed into the function room of the Concord RSL Club (some people even had to be turned away because of lack of space) for the trivia night.
Apart from the trivia competition, the evening featured auctions, raffles and a Survivor-style challenge in which competitors were invited to test their balancing skills, eat bizarre food combinations and participate in a tug-of-war.
Prizes – given by businesses in the Canada Bay area – included video passes, beauty treatments, yoga classes, clothing, food hampers, restaurant meals and even a skateboard.”
“We received a tremendous response from (people) who gave very generously of their time and money,” Brooks said.
Communities for Communities is in need of people with skills in marketing, finance, event management or IT/Web design.
“Anyone who is interested in joining us is most welcome to contribute in any way they can,” Brooks said.
A second fundraiser is planned for Wednesday, July 31 – a screening of the hit film Bend It Like Beckham.
For more information, call Lance Brooks on 9736 1080. To make a donation, call 1800 024 413.