The Zhoosh! Brighton Blog
Yesterday, Zhoosh took part in the BLAGSS Treasure Hunt Challenge against 12 other local LGBT teams: Lara Crofts Fridge Raiders, (LGBT) Switchboard Swashbucklers, Les Girls, Indiana Joans And The Raiders of Preston Park, Gav’s Gang, Team Cooney, Catherine Beaumont & Team, Bolshy Buccaneers (BLAGSS Walking Group), Ace Venturers (BLAGSS Tennis Virgins Group), Boson’s Mates (BLAGSS Rock Climbing Group), BLAGSS cycling and Resound (Actually Gay Men’s Chorus).
On the Zhoosh team was Laetitia, Karen, Michelle, myself (Susan) and Sharon. Despite the rain we had huge fun doing this Treasure Hunt that was organised to help raise funds for Switchboard, Brighton & Hove’s LGBT helpline.
Starting at Preston Park, you were handed a team pack containing a number of things including a list of items you had to collect; items such as a bottle top, a chip fork, a feather, a shell… We also had a list of items we had to photograph such as a street busker, Shakespeare’s head, a unicorn, three Brighton taxi’s in a row, 2 red phone booths, a space rocket, a naked bike rider!
But we also had to photograph things that were circular and made up the Olympic rings and as well as that we had instructions of our route that included lots of questions to answer requiring a keen eye to spot things, some historical and general knowledge, an ability to find information plaques and in our case, Google on hand to help!
Our map might have been soden, but we had a fun filled three hours, learned loads about Brighton and thanks to Barefoot wines who sponsored the event we were greeted from the rain with a glass of their finest at the end, plus a total of £285 was raised for the LGBT Switchboard.
We came 10th with a score of 68.5 which we will definately be looking to improve on in 2013, and well done to Gav’s Gang who claimed first place with 100.5 points.
A special thanks to the sponsors Barefoot Wines who hosted the wine and gave one of the prizes, plus The Queens Arms and Grosvenor Funeral Consultants also donated prizes plus the Camelford Arms, who provided sandwiches for us all and donated a collection of fun raffle prizes. An extra big thanks to BLAGSS for organising this community event - it must have took ages! It will be great to see even more teams take part next year.
The hunt was organised and designed by BLAGSS member Gene Johnson, who offers treasure hunts professionally as team building for workplaces or fun events for groups of friends. He also offers unique walking tours of Brighton and Hove, through his company Qwirky Brighton. He can be reached at email@example.com