Volunteers at Picaflor House, Globalteer’s Peru Children’s Project, pitted their wits against locals and tourists in the project’s first ever fund-raising quiz at The Real McCoy, a popular downtown Cusco bar last week. A total of 120 Peruvian Soles was raised when 5 teams battled through 6 rounds of diverse questions on subjects including Queen Elizabeth II, sporting terms, and food & drink, for the coveted prize of a bottle of wine.
Picaflor House’s very own Volunteer Co-ordinator Sarah Warrener researched and wrote the questions, whilst New Zealander Dylan Hughes, a volunteer from Napier, took on the role of quiz master for the night.
After a close fought contest The Nacho Lovers, a cosmopolitan team of visitors from various European countries were triumphant, with their decisive moment being the picture round, where they scored full marks for correctly identifying all of the selected photos of various Cusco landmarks.
Project Manager for South America Annie Irving was delighted when she heard about the quiz back in her native New Zealand where she was holidaying at the time, saying,
“We are over the moon with our first ever quiz. Everyone who took part says it was heaps of fun, the pub did some great business, AND we raised a significant amount of money for Picaflor House –a real win win win! 120 Soles is about £28 or US $45 which may not sound a lot but is enough to pay Picaflor’s electricity bill for a whole year. Well done, Sarah and Dylan!”
The Real McCoy, an English themed bar and restaurant in the historic centre of Cusco, hosts regular charity quizzes, but this was the first time the event had been held in aid of Picaflor House. Sally Morris, Manager of The Real McCoy was delighted with the turnout, so much so that she has agreed for Picaflor House to be one of their regular beneficiaries, receiving the proceeds from the quiz once a month from now on.
In the meantime the staff at Picaflor House are looking forward to welcoming more well-read, competitive volunteers to Peru so they can join them for one of the many popular quizzes in Cusco each week!
To find out more about volunteering with children in Peru, visit our Peru Children's Project page.