St Vinnie's Trivia Night Success

On Friday night 5  August, the Year 12 Catholic Action Program (CAP) held the annual Trivia Night in support of the St Vincent de Paul‘s Winter appeal. The night was the culmination of months of work where the students of the CAP class canvassed the local community for donations for prizes and items for the Silent Auction. This was a real challenge for many of the students and they were delighted with the generous contributions by many businesses. This resulted in a very successful Silent Auction. Many of the students’ families also kindly donated prizes as did our extraordinarily generous staff, a number of whom made their donations. The success of the night is really a reflection of the generosity of our extended Padua community.

The students created the posters, tickets and publicity for the event in their classes.  The last few weeks before the big night were spent organising the displays, creating a donor board and working out how to run the evening. Trivia Masters Emilio Di Paolo and Phil Helisma set the tone for the night which was fun from start to finish. There was even the opportunity to show off dance moves!! Apart from the Trivia, the night was run entirely by the students. They sold the tickets, ran the raffles and games, provided and served supper for the 175 guests, scored and collated the trivia rounds, and ensured the smooth running of the evening. 

The students were ably assisted by Marion Crawford and Megan Edleston, who were our counting team and our biggest supporters. Tania Grace once again took care of the logistics of the evening, which this year was especially important in accommodating our largest crowd to date. Anthony Barnhoorn provided us with support and his presence there was much appreciated. A number of former CAP students attended the night and it is really gratifying to see a tradition established where former CAP students attend the night and support the current CAP class in raising money for St Vincent de Paul’s winter appeal.

The students are to be congratulated on their efforts in making sure that all of our guests had a fantastic night. Their commitment and enthusiasm in supporting the St Vinnies Winter Appeal ensured that the night was an outstanding social and financial success with $6300.00 being raised so far and we are delighted to be able to share this amongst the Mornington, Westernport and Mount Eliza conferences as they continue their wonderful work amongst our community.

A sincere thank you to everyone who made the night such an outstanding success.

Bernadette Young
Social Justice Coordinator