Fun fore­cast for hunt

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

By SVEN HERSEL­MAN The Marl­bor­ough Youth Trust is rar­ing to go for the sec­ond an­nual Half­way Day trea­sure hunt around down­town Blen­heim.

Teams of youth are in­vited to en­ter and race around town search­ing out clues to stand a chance of win­ning prizes like movie tick­ets, paint ball game vouch­ers, gift cards and restau­rant vouch­ers. The Gi­ga­town crew have also come on board, and the Gi­ga­town beaver will be mov­ing around town try­ing to avoid be­ing caught by the teams.

Those who do catch him will be re­warded with bonus prizes.

Event or­gan­iser Paul Humphreys says he has been work­ing on the trea­sure hunt for about three months, and is ex­pect­ing a big turn out. ‘‘Last year the weather wasn’t kind to us but this year the [weather] pre­dic­tion is look­ing good. We have loads of re­ally good prizes up for grabs,’’ he says.

Teams of up to four can en­ter for free and make their way around town to fig­ure out 18 clues. They text in their an­swers.

Ex­tra prizes are also up for grabs for teams who tweet dur­ing the trea­sure hunt and use ‘‘#gi­ga­town­bln’’. Teams can’t use mo­torised trans­port but scoot­ers and skate­boards are fine, Humphreys says.

‘‘The dis­tances aren’t very far so they won’t be run­ning all over Blen­heim,’’ he says.

The event is be­ing spon­sored by the Marl­bor­ough Youth Coun­cil, and youth coun­cil mem­bers will be help­ing run pro­ceed­ings.

Youth from Pic­ton are also wel­come and a bus is be­ing ar­ranged from Queen Char­lotte Col­lege at about 12.30pm. Those need­ing trans­port need to let the Marl­bor­ough Youth Trust know via their Face­book page.

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