British actress and Eastenders star Kara Tointon is helping put the fun into fundraising by backing this year’s nationwide Quizaid during Christian Aid Week (10 – 16 May 2009), which aims to raise vital funds for the world’s poorest communities.

Last year Quizaid raised a brain-busting £185,000 for Christian Aid’s overseas development work in 49 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. This year the charity is challenging the great British public to use its grey matter to raise £225,000.

Organizing Quizaid couldn’t be easier with the charity providing packs with all you need including question cards, posters, invites, answer sheets and a certificate for the winning team. All quiz organisers will be entered into a draw for a year’s supply of chocolate courtesy of the fair trade company, Divine Chocolate. There is a similar draw for those that participate in Quizaid.

‘I hope all the pubs, clubs and community halls up and down the country get quizzing for Quizaid," says Kara. "Having seen some of Christian Aid’s work myself in Zambia, where I saw children who have been orphaned by HIV given homes and care, I know how vital this money is.’

In a bid to get even more people quizzing, four new levels of questions have been introduced – Brainiacs, Average Joe’s, 11-18 year olds or under-10s. Just choose which category your participants fall into and then pick from subjects such as sport, music, geography, pot luck, history and maths. The emphasis is on having fun while raising money for a great cause.

To request a free Quizaid pack, log on to www.christianaid.org.uk/quizaid or call 0808 000 5005. Get your friends, family or work colleagues together at home, at school, in the office or in the pub, charge everyone £2, then get quizzing!

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