CRY (Child Relief and You) is back again with its corporate quiz. The ‘Free a Child Today’ (FACT) quiz, which tests both intelligence and emotional quotients, is now in its seventh year. CRY maintains that the quiz is considered to be one of India’s toughest trivia quizzes.
It not only challenges one’s grey cells, but also serves a social purpose as it allows the participants to help ensure that every child in India has the basic right to survive, to live well, to be educated, to be given a chance to express oneself and to not have to work or face harm of any sort. In short, every child’s right to a childhood.
As in the previous years, well known quizmaster Derek O’ Brien will be conducting the national finals. Also contributing to the fun this year, will be avid quizzer and popular cricket presenter Gautam Bhimani, who will conduct all the regional rounds.
Kicking off the regional rounds on September 27 from Kolkata, FACT 2005 footprints will cover Delhi on September 30, Chennai on October 1, Bangalore on October 2, Hyderabad on October 3, Mumbai on October 14, and for the first time Pune on October 15. The finals will be conducted in Delhi on October 28.
Started by a handful of corporate volunteers in 1998 to raise funds for CRY, FACT in 2005 is bigger than ever. It now reaches out to the corporate world across seven cities in India. These are companies that believe in contributing to the development of the society and display immense social responsibility.
FACT 2005 has already witnessed enthusiastic response from companies like Mahindra British Telecom, Rapidigm, KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd in Pune, where it is being held for the first time.
Said FACT regular, Rahul Sane from Tata International, “Last time, when we had to go to Mumbai, we had this question in mind – why not in Pune. Now since the quiz is here, we are delighted to participate as it will save us time and will give us an opportunity to network with our contemporaries in Pune.”
Till date, 680 companies and over 1,600 quizzing enthusiasts have participated in FACT, helping CRY raise over Rs 50 lakh in funds, thereby initiating a constructive change in the lives of over 6,000 children. More significantly, it has changed the lives of all the participants, audiences and individuals associated with the event.
Reviving its commitment to children’s rights is Maruti Suzuki, which is the presenting sponsor. Early confirmations on participation have come from Sify, Infosys, HP, Siemens, Wipro, TCS, ING Vyasa, McAfee, IBM, Daksh, Adobe and Moser Baer, among others.