A new online quiz, running every Tuesday and Friday is raising thousands of euro for charity while keeping quizzers entertained in the comfort of their own homes during the country’s current lockdown period.
Set up and presented live by two Cork natives, Patrick Ahern and Colm Lougheed, the online quiz invites participants to join as teams, pairs or individuals through Facebook or YouTube with the two hosts delivering the questions and answers live alongside a running commentary of banter and chat.
Quizzers can also interact with the quiz and each other live via a chat room displayed beside the questions.
So far, thousands of people have played the quiz which saw almost €5,000 raised last week for Marymount Hospice. Co-presenter, Patrick Ahern said the quizzes are a great way to give back to some incredible Cork charities, which have had fundraising events cancelled as a result of Covid-19.
"The response from the public has been much bigger than anything we expected and we hope to be able to help out with some of the places that are most under pressure at the moment," he said.
"We ask for text donations on the night of the event and/or send people to a donation link."
Tonight's quiz will raise money for the Cope Foundation and will be a welcome boost for the charity at a difficult time. "Each year we raise circa €1 million which is used to fund equipment, some projects, the purchase of houses and so much more," said Elaine Murphy from Cope Foundation.
"As a result of the Covid-19 crisis, we have had to cancel a number of fundraising events and campaigns.
"Our fundraising loss to our organisation is growing each week and we are appealing to the people of Cork to support us at this challenging time and to give online or by SMS.
"Never has the generosity of the Cork community been so needed."
Patrick and Colm also run a ticketed online quiz on Friday nights open to the public which will have a movie theme this Friday, April 10.
Tickets cost €6 and are available via Eventbrite.
Tonight's quiz starts at 9pm. You can join through YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/patrickahernentertainment or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatrickAhernEntertainment