Join the Gathering of the Brooms in the name of charity

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The time has come for the geeks, nerds and dorks of Newcastle to unite. The era of the “jock” has come to an end, with Newcastle’s nerd community being called to save the day, all in the name of good fun.

How will the geeks, nerds and dorks of Newcastle save the day?

By picking up broomsticks and playing one of the most iconic magical sports of all times, Quidditch. That’s right, the Newcastle community will have the opportunity to experience a touch of the Harry Potter universe right here in our beautiful town.

The purpose of the day is to raise funds for St Martin’s Village, thereby following the example of the lead characters in protecting the weak and standing up for what is right.

In light of Harry Potter’s birthday taking place on July 31, the event will take place on August 2. This will give the community the opportunity to embrace their geekhood in the quest for a charitable deed.

For the muggles out there, Quidditch is a sport comprised of two teams, with seven players mounted on broomsticks. There is a scoring system, with various positions on the field.

How will it be played?

Two teams will battle it out on the allocated pitch. To score points, chasers or keepers must get the quaffle, a slightly deflated volleyball, into one of the three opposing hoops which scores the team 10 points. To impede the quaffle from advancing down the pitch, chasers and keepers can tackle opposing chasers and keepers at the same time as beaters using their bludgers (dodgeballs) to take out opposing players.

Once a player is hit by an opposing bludger, that player must dismount their broom, drop any ball being held, and return to and touch their hoops before being allowed back into play. The game is ended once the snitch is caught by one of the seekers, awarding that team 30 points.

The snitch a tennis ball inside a long sock hanging from the shorts of an impartial official dressed in yellow.

Organisers, Jamie Botha and Quinton Boucher of the Newcastillian and Pixlefish Marketing came about the idea through their love for the Potterverse and their geekhood. But why did they choose quidditch as a way to raise funds for a charity?

“The purpose of the day is about creating a light-hearted community initiative while supporting a local charity. Harry Potter represents childhood for a lot of people who read the books and watched the movies. It gives adults the opportunity to be silly and have fun,” says Jamie.

Quinton explains that he feels as Harry Potter himself was an orphan, this is an ideal way to remind children that they are special.

“Through playing quidditch, we can also remember that there is still a bit of magic in the world, the magic of imagination. This is a fun way to remind adults and teenagers that they don’t have to follow the conventional ways of supporting local charity initiatives.”

In order to participate in the event, interested parties must form teams of seven. The teams are encouraged to dress up for the occasion and have a team name linked to the Harry Potter world. Entrance fee is only R250 per team.

The event will start at 11am on August 2.

People are invited to bring picnic baskets and there will be prizes up for grabs on the day.

For more information regarding the event, contact Quinton Boucher on 079 506 4858 or Jamie Botha on 076 214 9103.

Be sure not to miss out on this magical experience and be part of The Gathering of the Brooms.

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