May Monthly Musings

It was great to see so many events hosted across Victoria last month and that our community was able to take full advantage of the unseasonably warm weather. Thank you to all of you that organised these events, the logs certainly indicate a great time was had by many.

Events

Just a few quick updates from Geocaching Victoria – there are still many events scheduled in our calendar, so make sure you keep an eye on our ‘Upcoming Events Page‘, but also let us know if you would like an event added.

Mega

We know that we have been quiet in sharing further Whittlesea Mega details with you particularly around the accomadation and program, but we are hoping to do this in coming weeks. We just want to lock in some final details before we publish them. Fundraising continues in preparation for the Mega with the next two BBQ’s at Mernda Bunnings scheduled for Saturday 2nd July and Saturday 29th October. Please add these to your diary. A special thanks must go to Belinda and Don Parker, who work hard in the background to coordinate these for us. Further details will come out close to the dates.

April Competition – Share a Virtual Log Find

It was great to see so many within our community enjoy the new virtual caches that have recently been released. Thank you to all that submitted your log in the April GVI Competition, we thoroughly enjoyed reading all the logs. A big shout out must go to the winner this month – veevers12. Congratulations on your win. We will be in contact shortly to organise to get you your prize.

ABC – South West Interview – RoamingHowie

This month also saw another GVI Committee member promote this passionate game of ours. Congratulations to Andrew Howard (RoamingHowie) for a great interview on ABC – South West Victoria. You can listen to the interview below.

Victoria Cache of the Year Awards

Thanks to everyone in the community that has submitted nominations. We have been impressed by the high volume of submissions. In the next few weeks we will collate them and then share the list for voting. So watch this space!

We are planning to announce the winners of each category (2020-2021 awards) at the Whittlesea Mega, details are still being finalised. So keep an eye open for details in coming months. Also it should be noted that the 2019 Awards process was actually paused due to the Covid lockdowns. Voting did close, but the results were never shared. The announcement of the winners will also be at the Whittlesea Mega in November 2022.

Wishing our Oxfam Team Good Luck!

We are excited to announce that Geocaching Victoria is participating in Oxfam again this year! Our team Huh? What? is represented by Adriaan Homburg, Richard Homburg and Warren Baldwin. Together they will walk 100km in 48 hours over the course of the weekend 25-27th March 2022. The team have been training hard and are prepared for the adventure that lies ahead. The team will begin at 6am at checkpoint 1. You can follow them on live tracking during the day or visit the trail and cheer them on.

For those of you that don’t know, Oxfam Trailerwalker is one of the most inspiring challenges you can do. It’s not a relay, but a team event where you start together, stick together and finish together. It’s tough, but with training and a can-do attitude it possible. Money raised, assists Oxfam in supporting humanitarian emergencies, climate justice and fighting against povery, hunger and inequality.

Oxfam are still looking for volunteers. If you can assist, please contact them directly. All geocacher volunteers that cover at least one shift will go into the draw for a new geocoin. We look forward to you sharing your photos as your support the team.

If you have not yet donated to support this great cause, tomorrow at 8am Deloitte will double every donation to a cap of $20k.

There’s just one tiny catch…

…you’ve gotta be fast! Dollar match day kicks-off at 8AM TOMORROW (22nd March 2022) and will last for 24 hours or until the $20K cap is reached. With more than 1,400 participants hoping to double their impact, it won’t last long.

To donate – please follow this link

An Evening Chat with ABC’s David Astle and GVI’s President Jo Cox (aka heymissjo)

David Astle is a well loved author, radio presenter, crossword maker and a self proclaimed word nerd. You may have seen him on SBS’s Letters and Numbers, or perhaps completed one of his crosswords as the author of both the Age and Herald Sun puzzles.

On a recent hike in Yackandandah, David stumbled across a group of cachers fossicking around in the bush. This both excited and interigued him and after chatting to the group, he decided it was time to learn more about this crazy game we know as geocaching.

Last night, Geocaching Victoria’s President Jo Cox, was a guest on his ABC ‘Evenings with David Astle’ radio program. This was a great opportuinity to promote our great game and share on mainstream media. We hope you enjoy the interview.

Whittlesea Refunds Complete

Hi again, It has taken a little longer than expected, but the Whittlesea Event refunds for Coins, Pathtags, Shirts and camping have now been completed.

Anyone that has ordered anything else (Charity coins, past event coins or pathtags, bandannas or stubby holders), these have now been set for “Pickup at The Wangaratta Event”

If you want your order earlier, please contact Adriaan (adriaan@geocachingvictoria.com.au) and we can arrange either postage (A small fee involved) or pickup at a geocaching event once these are allowed in Victoria again.

If you have not received a refund but believe you should have, please email Bernie (treasurer@geocachingvictoria.com.au) and we’ll look into it.

Isolation Competition

Who wants to win something shiny?

With Victoria in various states of lockdown we thought we might have a bit of fun.

Have you heard of Strava Lockdown Art? (Google it to see some inspiration). Strava is an app which can track your exercise – think run/cycle/skate. People have been very creative bringing some fun and laughter to their current situation.

We are throwing out the challenge for geocachers to do their own Stava Lockdown Art (or a similar app).

You’ve got 5 weeks (September 13th) to submit to gemmasiemensma@gmail.com or upload to a Facebook Post (and tag Gemma). Bonus points if it’s geocaching related…

Here’s one from fellow geocacher Jason Groves who inspired this competition idea!

tRex