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Question of Sport night

Tue 01 April 14

A”Question of Sport” night,  held at the Chocolate Cafe in Henley, Wednesday 26th March 2014.

Wow. What a night, what fabulous Celebrities, what a brilliant audience.

Maria Hastings and Claire Annison

Organised by Tony Churchill ( “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 money for two Charities, “OK” Our Kids and Marlow FM.

James, son of co-hosts Roy and Maria, videoed the whole event. He interviewed the Celebrities and filmed Zinzan’s Maori Haka. The video looks a million dollars. James would like to become a  director of films. Our Charity hopes to introduce him to Kiwi star Peter Jackson.

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 5 time Olympic Champion Sir Steve Redgrave, Hattie Little, Paralympic Development Squad member, Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger, Paralympic Champion Naomi Riches and All Black Legend Zinzan Brooke.

The Cafe provided drinks and nibbles at cost, and any profit went into the fundraising monies.

The owners and staff did an amazing job on the night, the standard befitting such hi-profile celebrities.  Steve Rider kept the banter going between the panel and audience to the great amusement of everybody. He was exceptional.

Zinzan Brooke and Hattie Little

One of the questions posed by an audience member was asked to Zinzan – “do you remember how to do the Maori Haka” –  Zinzan then proceeded to do a Haka that few present will ever forget. Passion, power and artistry all there in one package. SUPERB.

Zinzan won the “Chocolate Cafe” Trophy.

Sir Steve Redgrave had a unique way of selling signed books. 5 of his soft cover 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.

Two signed photos, kindly donated by Sir Steve, were auctioned off and the pair raised £220.

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

Two raffles were sold on the night. A picnic basket and a signed picture of Lewis Hamilton.  Both were donated by Lynn Bartley, Tony Churchill’s wife.

The two Charities, “OK” Our Kids and Marlow FM are splitting the money raised evenly. They thank ALL participants for their wonderful input and hope they had a wonderful evening.

Katherine Grainger is the Patron of “OK” Our Kids Charity and Sir Steve Redgrave Patron of Marlow FM Charity.

This will be an annual Event and as tickets were hard to get hold of, please do not miss out next time.

Have a look at some of the pictures taken on the night.


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