Motorcyclists from across the Lowveld joined in a charity event with a difference on Sunday 3 November when they joined the 2nd Annual Spar Motorcycle Treasure Hunt. Win or lose, all the participants said they had a lot of fun.
The event was in aid of Sabie-Mast (Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust) and GAIN (Graskop Animals in Need) and 27 riders and pillions, on 20 motorcycles joined in. Everyone was first treated to a full breakfast before the treasure hunt kicked off in Sabie. They then wound their way to Graskop and Pilgrim’s Rest to finish at the Pilgrim’s Rest Golf Course. While the participants were enjoying lunch the organizers were frantically tallying up scores.
There were 19 official tasks and challenges plus a few others for bonus points. Riders had to find and provide answers to questions related to different sights in the towns or at historical landmarks along the way, complete a riding skill and a saw challenge, take and post a selfie, jump hopscotch, and put a ball at the golf course. For two of the challenges participants needed to identify specific products in a SPAR and could earn bonus points if they bought and donated it to the beneficiaries of the event.
According to the winner of the day, Jacob Weber, finding the Maria Shires gravesite was the most fun. Ryan Connolly, who took second place, said that he found the riding skill challenge the most difficult. Wayne Lesch was in third place and a lady, Alana Du Toit, came in fourth. She also won the fuel voucher, sponsored by Caltex Sabie, for the best selfie at the Sabie Yellow Selfie Frame.
The Motorcycle Treasure Hunt was organized by Thomas and Jacqui Böhm of the Sabie Valley Rider Academy. The main sponsor was SPAR (Sabie and Graskop) and the owners, Raymond and Shirley Emmerick, were also actively involved throughout the day to help ensure the smooth running of the event. Various businesses along the way helped by checking that the riders completed the tasks and by signing their papers.