CHEK Upside: Victoria man starts gift card scavenger hunt

CHEK Upside: Victoria man starts gift card scavenger hunt
WatchVictoria's Zoltan Szoges started a gift card scavenger hunt to give local businesses a boost during the pandemic.

The whole thing started with a monolith.

During a snowstorm, Victoria’s Zoltan Szoges had an idea for a pandemic pick me up, a scavenger hunt for a certain geological feature.

“I just had a snow day with the dog and hung out in a park and built a monolith,” smiles Szoges.

He played up his creation on social media and invited his followers to try and find the monolith and a hidden gift card to a coffee shop across the street. The idea was so well received that Szoges decided to create a Victoria-wide scavenger hunt, hiding gift cards at local businesses and landmarks.

“I thought that maybe it would be a neat way to support local businesses and get people sort of engaged in the community,” says Szoges.

“People could basically go around and find the gift cards and if they wanted to keep them, totally cool, there’s no expectations of what to do, but I threw out some ideas if you want to add to it,” adds Szoges.S

Already it’s been a huge hit, with most of the original cards being scooped up by eager scavengers such as 12-year-old Ellery Besant. She woke up at 7 o’clock this morning to make sure she got first crack at finding the gift cards.

“I just thought it was a really cool idea, it was kind of like a mystery but better cause it had donuts,” smiles Besant.

It’s the perfect way to get out and shop local.

“I think this is a sort of place where people can meet and support their favourite local businesses.

To participate ask to join the Facebook group The Great Scavenger Hunt – Victoria, BC Canada.

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