2008 Quiz for Children

2008 Quiz for Children raises over €22,000 Euros for UNICEF and the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

The 2008 Brussels Quiz for Children organized by APCO Worldwide and held under the Patronage of President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso raised over €22,000 for UNICEF and the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Money was raised through table reservations, drinks, sponsorship, auctioning and a raffle with generous prizes including Return Tickets to New York courtesy of Jet Airways. 90% of the money raised will go to UNICEF’s Saving 4 Million Babies Campaign, and 10% to the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

68 teams representing the European Union institutions, Journalists, Companies, Law firms and Consultancies competed against each other in a test of General Knowledge. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Team were the eventual Quiz winners, closely followed by Sidley Austin and the H & K Old Timers.

Challenging Quiz questions included; guessing the real length of the 100 Years War between England and France (actually 116 years); and the identity of a mystery guest Jacques Zegers who composed 40 songs for the Smurfs, and sang his 1973 Eurovision Song Contest Entry “Avanti La Vie” to a bemused audience.

Other entertaining highlights included a show by the Great Sylvan, magician and founder of the charity Clowns and Magicians Without Borders active in Refugee Centers in Belgium and Asia. Former President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox acted as quizmaster supported by 30 APCO staff dressed in UNICEF T-Shirts and two as Pudsey Bears.

Master of Ceremonies, Mark Dober from APCO Worldwide said “We are very proud to revive this important event in the Brussels calendar and extremely grateful to all our sponsors and 340 participants. We look forward to hosting the next Quiz for Children in November 2009.”

Margaret Wachenfeld, Senior Policy Adviser for UNICEF's EU Representation said "Thank you all very much for your very hard work. The organisation was flawless, the venue was packed and judging by the roars of laughter, everyone had a great time. With the funds raised, there is no doubt that there will be children around the world who have benefited from everyone's generosity and hard work".

Please see the following short video of the Quiz Evening shot and donated by film-makers Eyecone:

We will soon be putting a photo gallery online of over 400 shots of the Quiz evening donated by photographer Lode Saidane.