Treasure hunt helps raise funds
MORE than 70 people in 19 cars raised 2,400TL during the 13th Creditwest Bank Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday to help buy more medical equipment for TRNC health centres and ambulances.
Proceeds from the hunt, which took between three and four hours to complete, have been donated to the Civil Emergency Service Volunteers (CESV 112) as part of its fundraising campaign to buy equipment including neck braces for patients with spinal injuries.
The treasure hunt — a test of observation, not speed — began at King’s Bowling Leisure Centre on the Girne bypass, with drivers and passengers then following a scenic route while searching for 58 clues in both rural and urban areas. At the finishing point, Karşıyaka’s Blue Garden Restaurant in Güzelyalı, lunch was on offer along with a raffle and a general knowledge tiebreaker quiz of 20 questions.
The Bullseye team of John and Julia Bennett and Sue and Andrew Cowley were named as treasure hunt winners, with a Çatalköy Creditwest branch team second and Sheila’s Wheels third. Winners of the quiz were Creditwest bank’s Karaoğlanoğlu branch. All were presented with lanterns as prizes. Organiser Mike Gabb said: “I believe all who took part were very happy with how the event turned out and enjoyed themselves while going through parts of North Cyprus that many had not seen before.
“I thank Creditwest bank for its continuing support and I will continue to organise the treasure hunt with the objective of amusing people while also raising money for a good cause.”
CESV 112 operational director Stephen Collard said the 2,400TL raised on the day would be used to help purchase medical equipment for health centres and ambulances in areas such as Lapta, Esentepe and Çamlıbel.
“This treasure hunt has been held for many years to benefit CESV 112 and we greatly appreciate any amount it raises,” he added.
Participants on the hunt. Far right, Creditwest’s Figen Kaymak and Mazher Zaheed with Stephen Collard and the winning Bullseye team, (from left) Sue and Andrew Cowley and John and Julia Bennett. Below right, teams registering. Photos: Brian Joyce