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'Making Community Happen'

Monday March 30 2020

Hundreds of people from all over the world took part in an impromptu online quiz organised by the Moderator-Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The Rev Dr Martin Fair’s 90-minute Facebook Live broadcast on Saturday evening also raised over £500 for NHS charities.

Dr Fair said he conceived the quiz as ‘light relief to break the anxiety’ of the coronavirus crisis. He initially pledged to donate £25 to the charity of the winner’s choice (a cheque matched by the victors, the Beattie family from Glasgow) but during the quiz he shared the link and invited donations.

A total of 175 devices logged in to the quiz, with several people in each team, and there was participation from all across Scotland, the south coast of England, the US, Bermuda, Turkey and Cyprus.

He said: “Raising funds just happened on the night and was never part of the rationale. It was just about bringing people together – making community happen despite isolation and lockdown. Loads of people responded saying it was exactly what they needed!

“The idea only came the day before after my son put on a quiz for a few friends. I had no idea it would be so popular. Obviously people need more than just TV!”

The fundraising page for the quiz is still live.


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