Written by Denesh Srikantharajah
Let me first introduce myself – my name’s Denesh, and I’m the new Gecko Sri Lanka President for the next two years. It’s a fantastic honour being in this privileged position of responsibility, and I must thank Yasath Samarage, who has led the charity in distinguished fashion over the last two years.
Alongside me, we have Ashan Herath as our Vice President, Dilani Perera as our Secretary and Yasath is returning as our Treasurer. Together, along with the rest of the committee, we promise we’ll deliver fantastic events and raise money for many more worthwhile causes – and we hope you’ll help us continue the work that Gecko Sri Lanka prides itself on.
And with that mind, may I introduce our first major event of the year – The Gecko Pub Quiz 2019!
For those of you who have been before, you will know that this is no ordinary pub quiz, but one filled with such variety and fun, and likely to have questions that suit all sorts, both brain boxes and first time pub quizzers alike!
This year, we have revamped the quiz and moved to a more central location, thus committing to refreshing our ideas and making this year’s quiz bigger and better than ever before, whilst making it easily accessible to all!
On Saturday 30th March 2019, we’ll get things going from 5.30pm onwards at The Drafthouse Chancery, located on Plough Place, just a short walk from Chancery Lane tube station. The quiz will begin at 6pm, so there’ll be plenty of time to get the drinks in before we get going and to place your food orders for dinner, choosing from a range of mouth-watering dishes served at this exciting new venue.
The entry fee is £10 – but the entirety of this fee goes towards the charitable projects that we’ll be donating to this year, thus for an evening of fun, food, drinks and competitive banter, you’ll be doing your bit for charity. We’ll be confirming our chosen projects later in the year at our flagship event, Gecko Sixes – so stay tuned for that!
The teams will consist of a maximum of 7 people, but you don’t necessarily need to come with a team. We accept teams of 2+ and even if you come by yourself, you’ll easily find a welcoming team to join! There will be 6 main rounds, with added bonus rounds for extra fun, and the prize at the end of this will be a fantastic hamper of delights for the winning team! And if that’s not enough, then the fact that yours truly will be your amazing quizmaster leading you through the quiz should have you rushing through the doors! I jest of course … But if you’d like more of a flavour of what this quiz is like and the type of questions we’ve had previously, then please have read of last year’s review blog: Gecko Pub Quiz 2018: “And the winner is…”
The other important yet understated plus point of the quiz (and all of our events) is the people who will be there – whether they’re old familiar faces or first timers keen to meet new people, this quiz caters for all. You’ll be sure to meet other like-minded individuals and this quiz offers an amazing night where you can make new friends, get involved with the charity or simply just have a fantastic night with your friends. We’ll have the venue open until 11pm, so please stay on following the quiz and it’ll be a wonderful opportunity to have some drinks and socialise, and we’ll likely head out afterwards to continue the party!
For those of you who know Gecko, this charity is extremely welcoming and is always open to new ideas and new faces. I myself joined in 2010 and what I found was a group of determined but down to earth young professionals who did their bit for charity but were also the most genuinely wonderful people I had had the pleasure of meeting, with whom I have now formed friendships for life.
Hopefully over the next two years we’ll have plenty of you joining us at our events, and just maybe you’ll also form those amazing relationships, just as I did.
But for now, we look forward to seeing you at the Pub Quiz, and please invite everyone you know! Either forward this blog or the poster below and the more the merrier! We look forward to seeing you there on Saturday 30th March 2019 on what promises to be a fantastic night.
We’ll see you there!