It’s no secret that Dominicans like to have a good time, and that is no different whether they are home or abroad. On Saturday 22nd Oct 2018 myself and my partner were invited to be part of the Help for Dominica team at a charity quiz night for Dominica Secondary Schools Support Association (DASSA) and we had a blast. It was hosted at the High Commission of Dominica, London and was an evening of questions related to Dominica, a presentation and some great food.
Our trip to High Commission of Dominica, London
During the afternoon we set off with Brenda to the venue – the High Commission of Dominica in London. Our starting point was Margate train station, where the 90-minute journey to London began.
After arriving in London at Victoria and stopping for a coffee in Earl’s Court, we walked to the High Commission where we were given a warm welcome by staff. We were welcomed with a sample taste of the delicious Sisserou Rum coconut liqueur (sponsors of the event) which went down a treat and warmed us up. Other sponsors of the event were Lindt Chocolates and Naked Wines who generously gave prizes and vouchers.
More and more people arrived to join their tables for the charity quiz night. Dominique, who is an integral part of the Help for Dominica team, arrived with her two children. We were also joined by the author Joanne Owen and her husband Stephen.
The questions began to roll and our pens wrote furiously. We were a formidable team and performed relatively well, considering that most of the charity quiz questions were about Dominica and we had just one Dominican native with us.
Time for a break
Half way through the charity quiz, DASSSA had laid on some fantastic Caribbean home cooking for everybody. First, we were honoured with some words from Janet Charles, the High Commissioner.
Delicious! Macaroni cheese, plantain, chicken/ribs/saltfish and salad was enjoyed by all. There was even sorrel juice to wash it all down.
Some very moist and delicious banana cake then did the rounds. Now that we were fully refreshed, it was time for more questions, but before that, there was a presentation.
DASSA presented a very generous cheque for £500 to Brenda and Dominique for Help for Dominica. The cheque was in recognition of the good works of the charity who started by sending just a few items over to the island for people in need after Tropical Storm Erica in 2015.
DASSA recognised how the charity had grown and been effective at securing enough donations to pay for shipping of and filling of a 40ft container which was recently sent to Dominica from the UK. The container was full of contributions including mattresses, toys, clothes, furniture, medical and household goods. These will all be distributed once they have been received and sorted by Sandra – another integral team member who is based in Dominica. There are still many people in Dominica who are in need after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017.
After Brenda’s speech which you can see in the video on facebook, we were back into the quiz.
Onwards we go
The second part of the charity quiz was a little more challenging for us, mostly because our knowledge of music was weak. We didn’t do quite as well compared to the earlier rounds that focused on Dominica and the Caribbean.
However, out of the 17 teams in attendance, we came fourth. Not bad!
Overall, it was a fun night for a good cause, and we truly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you to DASSSA and the High Commission for hosting us. Thank you to all who cooked and made the evening so entertaining. It was a great success and we’re looking forward to the next one.
You can read more about Help for Dominica and donate to support them in sending the next container of contributions to the needy in Dominica here Help For Dominica. All donations are distributed by people who match each donation with the right people. Schools, individuals and children are the focus.
NOTE FROM HELP FOR DOMINICA – Many thanks to our guest writer. Jo Daubney, for this blog! And again we echo our thanks to DASSSA for the charity quiz evening and the generous donation to our project. Please visit their website to find out more about them and the work they do DASSSA