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Why this girl needs a crawling baby, a turtle and a whole bunch of lego

Robyn Potticary, of Armstrong, protests McDonald's golden arches as part of an international scavenger hunt.
August 08, 2014 - 2:56 PM

SCAVENGER HUNTING TAKEN TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

VERNON - Robyn Potticary needs to set up a race between a crawling baby and a turtle, find some generous senior citizens to mud wrestle, volunteer for a non-profit, and forgive a grudge — among more than 100 other challenges — and she only has until Friday at midnight to do it.

It’s all part of GISHWHES the ‘Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen’ a six day event hosted by actor Misha Collins, who plays Castiel on the hit TV show Supernatural. Among the 183 challenges, each worth varying points, are items like 'challenge a professional athlete to a game of hopscotch and win (pix or it didn’t happen)', 'catch the mystery monster that haunts your town (Ex. Ogopogo) on camera or video', and 'dress like a mannequin, shrub or a trashcan in a shopping centre and suddenly come to life shouting ‘GISHWHES!’' The event has set Guiness World Records, such as 'most people to pledge a random act of kindness', 'longest chain of safety pins', and 'largest online photo album of hugs'.

“It’s about doing things outside your comfort zone that are weird and outrageous,” Potticary says. “It’s been interesting.”

She took the week off to participate in the event with her 14 teammates. The grand prize includes a trip to Croatia where winners set sail on a pirate ship captained by Collins for an all-expenses paid weekend of survivor style adventure.

“There are people who save up money all year round just for this week to complete the challenges,” Potticary says.

She’s just in it for the fun. She’s already 'forgiven a grudge' and 'protested McDonald’s golden arches' — challenge 132 involves declaring the superiority of post and lintels over arches. Next, she’ll serve a dinner for four, normal enough except that everything above the table must be made of lego. Next on her list is to mow a neighbours lawn and give something that means a lot to a homeless person.

“It’s going to be something I remember forever doing all these crazy things,” Potticary says. “It’s made me think a lot about living in the moment and not worrying what other people think.”

If you’d like to help her out, either by participating in an impromptu performance or by connecting her with a werewolf mask, a baseball outfit and a horse and rider — just to name a few — check out her Kijiji post and get in touch.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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