Sport Celebrities Put on the Spot to Raise Money for Charity

Last Wednesday night the Chocolate Cafe on Riverside was jammed packed for the charity fundraiser ‘A Question of Sport’ organised by Tony Churchill  of “OK” Our Kids and hosted by Vivienne Connery and Roy and Maria Hastings, co-owners of the Chocolate Cafe in Henley.  This “Question of Sport” night was a resounding success, raising £3,500 which will be shared between two charities, “OK” Our Kids and Marlow FM.

The format was simple. The compere, the wonderful Steve Rider, asked a question from an audience member to a member of the celebrity panel. The panel member who answered the most questions right won the Chocolate Cafe “Question of Sport” Trophy.

The panel included five time Olympic Champion Sir Steve Redgrave (Patron of Marlow FM), Hattie Little, Paralympic Development Archery Squad member, Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger (Patron of “OK” Our Kids), Paralympic Champion Naomi Riches and All Black Legend Zinzan Brooke.

Tony said, “Wow. What a night, what fabulous celebrities, what a brilliant audience.”

The Cafe provided drinks and nibbles at cost, and any profit went into the fundraising monies. Tony added, “The owners and staff did an amazing job on the night, the standard befitting such hi-profile celebrities.  Steve Rider kept banter going between the panel and audience to the great amusement of everybody. He was exceptional.”

The opening question to Sir Steve was, “What is biggest rowing Regatta in the world?” which caused lots of debate. Sir Steve said, “Henley” and the member of the audience asking the question said it was the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.  Sir Steve replied that this wasn’t actually a Regatta it was a Head of a River Race!  The questions ranged from football to snooker, archery to rowing and rugby.

The highlight of the evening was when one of the questions posed was asked to Zinzan “Do you remember how to do the Maori Haka?” –  Zinzan then proceeded to do a Haka that the few present will never forget. Passion, power and artistry all there in one package. SUPERB.  Zinzan scored the most points at the end of the evening and won the coveted Question of Sport Chocolate Cafe Trophy.

After the quiz, Sir Steve Redgrave helped raise more money in a unique way of selling signed books. Five of his paperback books and five of Katherine Grainger’s each sold for £50 each raising a hefty £500. One very kind audience member paid £200 for a signed hard cover book of Sir Steve’s.  He also auctioned off a pair of signed photos of him for £220.

There were also two raffles with prizes of a picnic basket and a signed picture of Lewis Hamilton.  Both were donated by Lynn Bartley, Tony Churchill’s wife.

The evening was taped by Tim Ashburner, owner of Marlow FM and played on the radio at 2pm on Saturday.

Tony said afterwards, “I would like to thank all participants for their wonderful input and hope they had a wonderful evening and we are planning this to be an annual event.  Tickets were hard to get hold of this year, so please do not miss out next time.”