Answering questions to raise funds

Islamic Relief's Cape Town staff member Ismael Eddy.

Islamic Relief South Africa is hosting a quiz night to raise funds for its annual back-to-school programme, which will give over 600 families stationery and school uniforms for the new school year.

The quiz will take place on Saturday November 4 at the Islamic Relief offices in Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne, at 7.30pm.

Rezaa Kasu, head of fund development and communications at Islamic Relief, said many of the families it supported were child-headed and relied on donations from the community.

The organisation supports more than 2000 children nationally, including over 160 children based in Cape Town, with stationery packs and uniform. This costs about R1 million.

The children are from Bokmakierie, Tafelsig, Khayelitsha and Manenberg.

“The basic cost of stationery and uniforms is too expensive, especially for more than one child in a household,” said Mr Kasu.

The quiz will be based on general knowledge questions and will be made up of 10 rounds and 30 teams with five people each.

The theme for this year’s quiz is television characters.

It is a family event and anyone older than 12 can enter.

“It is a very novel idea. People love to dress up. We have practised it with our staff and they thoroughly enjoyed it. With the quiz, we are able to educate people about orphans in South Africa,” Mr Kasu said.

“We want people to get involved in the humanitarian work that we do. Everyone is excited, and the community has welcomed it. People support this because they care about the orphans.

“The community is very supportive and they are very proud of our projects.”

It costs each team R300 to take part in the quiz.

Mr Kasu said there will be various food stalls from 6pm. The quiz will start at 7.30pm and run until 11pm.

You can enter on the website before Wednesday November 1.

Prize donations are welcomed. For more information, you can call Shanaaz Ebrahim at 078 377 7117 or Rezaa Kasu at 021 696 0145 or email rezaa.kasu@