Belisa wins Plumstead scavenger hunt

Belisa Rodrigues, left, with Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch secretary Jenny McCalgan.

Belisa Rodrigues has won a scavenger hunt that was held to mark Plumstead’s 260 years of existence.

The Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch, which organised the event, sent participants clues to solve local trivia puzzles.

Prizes included 12 months free monitoring with National Security, a weekend away for two people at The Nook in Fish Hoek or a beauty voucher from JEM Hair and Beauty at 3 Arts Village.

Ms Rodrigues said she had been motivated to enter the hunt because she was a new homeowner in Plumstead.

“I was struck by this competition as it forced me to interact with my community and piece together local clues to ultimately win the first prize. It also helped that I didn’t yet have a security system in place, so that was an added bonus.”

She grew up in Plumstead and moved away for a few years before returning, but her link to the community was strong enough for her to be able to find answers to questions such as “Where did Mrs Balls Chutney live?” or “Which road is the name of a herb?”

She said she was impressed that the answers to most of the questions could not be found online and that she had needed to get out of the house and talk to people to investigate clues. As someone who is home-bound most of the time with a chronic condition that affects blood flow the hunt had proved challenging in more ways than one, she said.

“This hunt got me out of the house counting how many chain roads there are. And searching for the last difficult clue found me interacting with the tent city community which gave me the last answer to this puzzle,” she said.

Ms Rodrigues thanked everyone for making the scavenger hunt possible.

Adrian Dearham receiving a weekend away at “The Nook” Fish Hoek from Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch secretary Jenny McCalgan.
Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch secretary Jenny McCalgan presents Rowan Botha with a gift voucher from JEM Hair & Beauty Salon.
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