Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:25

Scavenger Quest ‘finds’ $7,000 treasure for Southwest Crisis Services

Written by  Jessi Gowan and Ryan Dahlman
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Despite the cool weather, the 2nd Annual Southwest Scavenger Quest brought out seven teams who competed throughout the afternoon on April 20 to raise money in support of Southwest Crisis Services.

“All together with team pledges and sponsorships, the teams managed to raise over $7,000,” noted Teresa Cole, Executive Director of Southwest Crisis Services. “We are truly overwhelmed by the support that we see from the southwest, and blessed to have folks who support us regularly.”
The money raised from the challenge goes toward helping fund Southwest Crisis Services programming, including the Women’s Safe Shelter, 24 Hour Crisis Line, and support programs for men, women and children experiencing abuse and crisis, and violence prevention education programming for youth and children.
“I'm not sure if people know, but while we are funded very well through the government, about 20% of our budget does come from fundraising to support our programs that don't see any of that money, or are underfunded,” Cole noted. “We put a lot of effort into making this a fun, successful event for everyone, so it's so great to see people coming out and having a good time.”
Cole noted that the event brought out a variety of participants, ranging in age from 12 to over 65, and a good mix of both men and women. Some teams were corporate teams, but others were family and friends.
Teams were required to travel around the city doing both optional and required tasks, a total of sixty possible tasks for teams to complete in the allotted three hours. Some of this year's highlights included flower arranging, giving the Fire Department’s rescue dummy the royal bumps after decorating a birthday cake for him, consuming half a box of cereal in one sitting, washing a toy car in a public carwash, and convincing strangers to ‘Walk Like an Egyptian” with them. 
“The teams were all really gung-ho, we had some fabulous costumes and some great decorated vehicles,” said Cole. “In spite of the weather, I think everyone had a really fun time.”
One such team with a good looking vehicle was the Duck Dynasty, an all-female team from Swift Current. Team spokesperson Carlina Hapke said they enjoyed the experience.
“We are a women's volleyball team that travels to tournaments throughout the year,” said Hapke. “We do a wind-up every year at the end of our season and one of the ladies brought up the idea of participating in the SWCS Scavenger Hunt for it, which we all agreed to as it is for a great cause and it was something we could all participate in as a team. 
“I thought it was a great idea and opportunity to support such an amazing organization within our community and have an entertaining time together.”
Hapke explained there were five compulsory tasks they needed to complete, then a list of over 60 that were optional, all were very different and fun in their own way.
“It gave us the opportunity to think and learn more about the community that we might not have known before,” explained Hapke. “My favorite part was driving around town in our Duck Dynasty van and competing together as a team while getting many laughs and looks from onlookers.”
Prizes were awarded to the top three teams, and this year’s 'Best of The Quest' team was Team Anonymous, made up of Elissa Nast, Lisa Dyck, Ron Resler, Jeff Kachmarski, and Mike Boutilier. All participants and volunteers were invited to stay for a supper and live musical entertainment by Dave Cyca, Mark Penner and Donovan Epp.
“We are very grateful to our event co-sponsors, Melhoff Electric and Innovation Credit Union as well as task sponsors Fine Furniture Oasis, MNP, Smart Flowers and Pioneer Co-op,” Cole said. “Also, thanks to food sponsor Boston Pizza, venue host Days Inn, everyone who volunteered at the event, and all those who participated in or pledged toward the event.”

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