Sick of winter? Don’t hibernate! Participate in YMCA’s Battle of the Brains, in support of Reconnect

(Moncton, February 16, 2017) – Tired of being stuck inside this winter? Organizers of YMCA’s annual Battle of the Brains trivia event say don’t hibernate—sign up a team now to participate in the March 18th charity event.

“Ditch the winter blahs by putting together a group of friends, neighbours, co-worker, whoever you like, and look forward to a night of laughs next month that will help the community at the same time,” says Bonnie MacFadyen, vice-president of Philanthropy and Volunteer Development at the local Y.

 The YMCA’s 16th annual Battle of the Brains trivia challenge takes place at the War Veterans Avenue facility at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Teams of four to six players will vie for the trivia championship, which includes a coveted, wrestling-style championship belt.

During the friendly competition, teams collectively answer questions – audio and visual – on a wide range of topics from sports to geography. Each team's performance is scored by a panel of judges and a referee is on hand to ensure a clean, fair contest.

Proceeds from this year’s Battle of the Brains event will go to the YMCA’s Reconnect Street Intervention Program, which helps local families and individuals battle homelessness. Since 2001, Reconnect has provided short-term and long-term assistance to youth and adults who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless, all in an effort to increase their knowledge of available resources, such as food, clothing, shelter, education, employment and counselling, and to provide support in accessing those resources.

“Winter is an extremely busy time of year for us,” says Gillian Johnson, the YMCA of Greater Moncton’s Senior Director of Outreach and Employment Services. “We’re hoping for a large turnout of teams at Battle of the Brains, allowing us to use funds raised to really make a difference in the lives of those in vulnerable situations.”

Twelve teams have signed up to date to take part in Battle of the Brains, with space for just as many still remaining, says MacFadyen. Each team is required to pay a registration fee of $600. Pledge forms are available at the YMCA.