Earlier this year, two of Scotland’s brightest young minds joined forces with Marie Curie to help launch one of the charity’s biggest fundraising nights.
Rucha Chandorkar, aged 13, and brother Akhilesh, aged 18 – who are both members of Mensa – unveiled details of Marie Curie’s iconic Glasgow brain game, which will be held for its 16th year at the city’s Hilton hotel on 28 September.
Marie Curie has enlisted their help to put together a quiz to top all quizzes. Building on the success of previous events, the charity is hoping to top the £150,000 raised last year.
Catherine Maclean, Special Events Manager at Marie Curie, said: “There couldn’t be a more perfect duo to launch the 2023 Glasgow Brain Game and we’re hugely thankful to Rucha and Akhilesh for giving us their support. This event is such a significant night for the charity and the work we carry out in the city.
“The format of the evening has all the right ingredients for an amazing night – fun, entertainment and networking with a healthy dose of competitive quizzing thrown in. With Rucha and Akhilesh helping this year, the business community in Scotland had better start swotting up right now!”
Rucha, a pupil at St Ninian’s High School in Glasgow, said: “When Marie Curie first approached us and asked us to get involved I couldn’t have been more happy to support. The Brain Game has raised so much money for the Glasgow community over the years and I really hope this year we can top that. I’m aware of how much good work Marie Curie does across the city so I’m delighted to be able to play a part for such a worthwhile cause.”
Akhilesh, who is now a student at St Andrew’s University, said: “The Brain Game seems like a fun and competitive event – a great test of general knowledge but attendees will be pleased to know it’s not quite as challenging as our Mensa exam! Having heard that it costs nearly £10,000 a day to run the Glasgow Hospice, we’re just pleased to be able to play a small part in helping the charity reach that goal.”
In 2022, more than 400 people from many of Scotland’s leading businesses took part in the Brain Game event. Throughout the evening, a series of quiz rounds will take place covering sports, architecture and music to help identify “the smartest business in the room”. A silent and live auction will also take place, as well as a raffle sponsored by United Airlines, to win two return business class flights to New York.
Founded in 1948, this year Marie Curie is celebrating its 75th anniversary. During that time, Marie Curie has been there for millions of people affected by terminal illness and those dealing with dying, death, and bereavement. Last year alone, 46,000 people were cared for by Marie Curie doctors, nurses, and healthcare assistants.
For more information visit Mariecurie.org.uk