A Larne quiz master has paid tribute to the “incredibly generous” people of the borough for helping him raise over £500,000 for good causes.
Michael Campbell has been running his hugely successful monthly fundraising quiz nights in the town for the past four decades.
His selfless efforts have earned Michael the Spirit of Larne Award, bestowed by the Rotary Club of Larne, in recognition of the 57-year-old’s contribution to a wide range of local charities.
Over the years, Michael’s love of quizzing has helped raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK, NI Hospice, St John Ambulance, Help for Heroes, Chest, Heart and Stroke, and Chernobyl Children’s Trust to name but a few.
Explaining how his fundraising quest first began, Michael told the Times: “I used to work for Larne parish youth clubs a long tome ago and got involved in delivering presents to Roddensvale School for the kids at Christmas. It all snowballed from there and I started doing quizzes at bars throughout the town in aid of various charities.
“People still come to me and ask to me do quizzes to support many different organisations, and if it is a good cause I would very rarely turn them down.”
Despite his fundraising achievements, Michael remains modest and is adamant he is “just a cog in a much bigger wheel”.
He told the Times: “The people of Larne are so generous with their time, money and commitment, and it is a real pleasure to be a part of that.
“Everyone is welcome to come to these events and I always make sure there are prizes for all those who take part, so no one goes home empty-handed.”
Keep up to date with Michael’s quiz events in the ‘Diary Dates’ section of the Larne Times.