Trivia con­cern

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

LAST Fri­day night, the Zonta Club of the Whit­sun­days held their third Trivia Night. It was a huge suc­cess, rais­ing much needed funds to support their lo­cal com­mu­nity projects.

Thanks to all of the gen­er­ous spon­sors, who do­nated so read­ily, par­tic­u­larly Vicky from Whit­sun­day Re­flec­tions Apart­ments. Thanks also to most of those who at­tended and were there for an evening of “fun and fund-rais­ing.”

Un­for­tu­nately, some par­tic­i­pants left their man­ners else­where and I per­son­ally feel they dis­rupted and tar­nished pro­ceed­ings.

Their un­ac­cept­able “be­hav­iour” also con­trib­uted to the late fin­ish­ing of the event. Eti- quette! If you in­tend to sit and chat with friends, then re­peat­edly re­quest that ques­tions be “re­peated,” Don’t come to Trivia. Catch up with your mates else­where.

As MC, I found the con­stant out­right rude­ness of a hand­ful of par­tic­i­pants de­plorable. Th­ese peo­ple had no re­gard or re­spect for oth­ers there to en­joy the Trivia as­pect of pro­ceed­ings, nor for my­self.

At times I con­sid­ered putting the mi­cro­phone down and walk­ing out. True story.

As a teacher, I oc­ca­sion­ally need to deal with non-com­pli­ant pri­mary school chil­dren. I didn’t ex­pect to have to try and “man­age” rude, in­con­sid­er­ate be­hav­iour from adults at a com­mu­nity fund-raiser.

I’m not a mem­ber of Zonta, yet vol­un­teered to spend hours pre­par­ing the Trivia ques­tions and re­search­ing the an­swers. Good luck to the next per­son who takes on the chal­lenge. Karen Collins AIR­LIE BEACH

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