So another fortnight rolls around and we find ourselves now with only 8 months to go until The Parkville Event – 2018, MEGA event. The schedule is now in place, the sponsors are coming on board and our volunteers in the community are already busily working towards making this as much fun as any other MEGA that you may have been to.
And speaking of volunteers, it is that time of the year again too. These MEGA events don’t just run themselves and there is no way they could be run with just the organizing committee alone. On the weekend of the actual event we rely heavily on the dozens and dozens of people who through the year, put their hand up and say “Yep, I can help you guys out on that weekend”. The volunteers are the backbone of these MEGA events and so once again we are asking for volunteers to help us out. It might be doing traffic maintenance, being available for 1st aid, manning the registration desk, or looking after some international visitors for the weekend. There is a myriad of jobs that need to be done and yes it’s a long way off, but we like to make sure we have everything covered early. Many hands make light work as they say and so, as usual, we have a form that you can fill out to register your interest in volunteering. Don’t worry too much, we won’t hold you to anything as we all understand that life gets in the way sometimes, we’d just like to get an idea of who is willing to stick their hand up and help out. You can register your details by following this link and filling out the form.
The accommodation at Urban Camp for the weekend continues to get booked as we release the next bonus that is being offered to everyone who is staying that weekend. So besides the fun and games that we have planned for those who are staying at GZ over the weekend, the offer for free pick up from the airport AND the fact that a geocaching MEGA event will be happening right outside your bedroom door, we are now offering all those who stay with us at Urban Camp early registration and pick up of their event bags on the Friday night. That’s right, no lining up in the queue on Saturday morning for you, just straight out of bed with your event bag to start enjoying the MEGA (maybe get changed out of your PJs first though). If you haven’t booked your accommodation at Urban Camp, there are still places available for that weekend. Prices start from $130 for the two nights (that’s just $65 a night) and you get to be in the middle of all the action for the whole weekend. Follow this link to book your accommodation now.
Our pathtag sets are always popular and this year has been no different. And why wouldn’t they? We have a beautiful set of pathtags designed by Gloria from OzGlory designs. Depicting iconic buildings around the Melbourne CBD you can buy a trading set for just $15 where you get 5 of the same pathtag and you can trade with others during the MEGA to make up the complete set. This year we have made it easier to identify other people who are trading pathtags at the MEGA as everybody, as part of their registration kit, will receive a badge that they can wear showing that they are trading our pathtags. Or, if you can’t be bothered with the whole trading with others thing, you can buy a complete set for $25. This set of pathtags is both a great way to start your pathtag collection and also a great addition to anyone’s pathtag collection. Follow this link to purchase your pathtag set today.
One of the very popular things that we ran at The Melbourne Event and The Surf Coast Event was the naughty corner. Really it was just a time out place for people to rest and relax and have a casual conversation away from the hustle and bustle that can come with these large events. Geocaching Victoria is pleased to announce that the naughty corner will once again be back in at The Parkville Event. Bring along your own seats if you want something comfy, otherwise there will be plenty of normal seating available if you just want a place to chill for a few minutes.
And whilst we are at it, don’t forget to pre-order your Parkville Event, 2018 official t-shirt from Geostuff. This year’s t-shirt is a very smart white polo shirt that comes with our mascot Fern in his zoo keeper outfit. Available in men’s women’s and kid’s sizes, these are exclusive to Geostuff, the only walk up geocaching store in the southern hemisphere. You can follow this link to purchase your official event t-shirt now. Note: All orders are pre-orders for either delivery or pick up at the store when stock arrives or for pick up at The Parkville Event 2018 on the weekend of the event.
And while we are talking about geostuff, we would like to thank them as one of our major sponsors, along with Cachly and geocaching.com. As we always say, without the help of these generous sponsors, large scale events like this just would not be possible.
Also, talking sponsors and joining us as a minor sponsor is Coca Cola! They join other minor sponsors such as Pathtags and McDoanlds Flemington and the Royal Children’s Hospital who are all contributing in some way to helping us run this MEGA event.
We don’t think anyone could have missed it, but we are going to shake the old charity tin a few more times, just to make sure. Geocaching Victoria is still selling specially minted Oxfam Geocoins to help raise funds for the three teams representing Geocaching Victoria in the upcoming Oxfam Trailwalker. Each team will walk 100 kilometer to raise funds for this worthwhile charity and Geocaching Victoria is selling these wonderful coins where all proceeds go to this cause. So if you want to get yourself a very special coin, depicting our mascot Fern out on the Oxfam trailwalker and at the same time help a very worthwhile charity, make sure you follow this link to purchase one of these coins.
Since our last BLOG post two weeks ago we have had a couple more Lead Up events around Australia. The first, in sunny Merimbula, NSW was held right by the beach in ideal weather. The turnout wasn’t so great, with just three teams, but a great geocaching conversation ensured for the full two hours before everyone retired back to their place. And then yesterday, in Geelong, on a warm windy day over 20 teams turned out for a pleasant day. Again everyone appeared to enjoy themselves. As promised, there is a prize of a specially minted unobtanium geocoin for whoever gains the most points by attending these events. The list of events and how many points each one is worth can be found by following this link. The current leaderboard of who has the most points can be found by following this link. Currently the top 2, thewildroseoftexas and day1976 are ineligible as they are hosts of some of the events, so the current top point scorers are those who gained 7 points by attending the event in Milan, Italy, although that is likely to change over the coming months. Please note, that this does not include the points gained from attending the event at Geelong yesterday.
This week’s cache of the fortnight goes back to the oldest traditional cache placed within the 12 kilometre area from the MEGA and that is Maccamob’s cache “Danny Boy”, GC83AB. This cache, placed in August 2002, is about 4.5 kilometres from Urban Camp where the MEGA is being held and like most caches in the area you can leave your car at the carpark near the MEGA and enjoy either a short bike ride or a lovely walk along the well made tracks of the Maribyrnong River Trail to GZ. On the way to this cache you can pick up many other wonderfully placed geocaches and when you get here, if you can make the find, you can earn a nice little square on your Jasmer challenge.
If you would like to see all the previous geocaches that have been mentioned in the Geocache of the fortnight, you can follow this link. The geocaches of the fortnight highlight great caches that are placed within 12 kilometers of the MEGA site. These caches are generally accessible by the many bike trails and walking tracks that snake out from the MEGA site, or via public transport. If you have an idea for a cache that could be highlighted in this segment, please don’t hesitate to send us an email telling us which one and why you think it is so good.
That pretty much concludes this BLOG post. Geocaching Victoria would like to wish all the walkers in next weekend’s Oxfam Trailwalker the best of luck and to thank not only them, but all the people who are volunteering their time to run support for them. We’d also like to wish the guys up at OZGeomuster the best of luck with their forthcoming MEGA event in NSW on the Easter weekend.
Happy Caching Everyone.
From Geocaching Victoria and The Parkville Event 2018 Organising Team.