Introducing the #GCRAMBLE !
 
In conjunction with the Rotary Club's of Surfers Sunrise and Griffith Gold Coast, Gold Coast Rotary will stage the next Gold Coast Ramble on 22 March 2020 starting from Macintosh Island Park.  It will be a 2 hour event commencing at 10am with teams exploring Main Beach and Surfers Paradise.
 
The Gold Coast Ramble for Charity is a unique and innovative team event that appeals to corporate, family and friendship teams. The Ramble is an event that aligns with the Gold Coast lifestyle, being an outdoor event open to all levels of fitness.  Primarily a fun community event but with an element of competition that enthuses and motivates teams to spend the entire allocated time finding as many checkpoints as possible. 
 
The Ramble can best be described as a car rally / treasure hunt on foot or public transport, with teams of costumed participants exploring the parks, malls and streets of the Gold Coast suburbs following clues to locate 20 to 30 checkpoints.
 
At each checkpoint, the team use the Gold Coast Ramble App to receive a question to answer about the immediate area – this could relate to the heritage, the natural environment, street art or current infrastructure.  What better way to discover and learn about the lesser-visited nooks and crannies of the City of Gold Coast?  Teams are directed to places of historical interest, to cultural precincts and newer developments, highlighting local stories and the diversity of each of the communities explored such as  Southport Heritage Walk, China Town and historical signage along Surfers Paradise Promenade.
 
Random draw and best costume prizes reward participation.  For the more competitive, completion of all checkpoint challenges in the allotted time involves strategy and teamwork.  The event also serves as a platform to raise money for local charities with extra points awarded for fundraising efforts !  The inaugural event helped raise over $7,000 for the local community.
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Despite the cancellation of many other events, Gold Coast Ramble was still able to proceed as scheduled on Sunday 22 March 2020.  Due to CODIV-19 public health concerns, several teams did not compete and other teams lost some members but 13 teams collected their maps and had 2 hours fun completing the circuit.   Check out the photo gallery.
 
To allow the event to proceed the event was modified to remove all activities requiring teams to interact with volunteers, other teams or the public.  Once team captains had collected their map, the entire event was managed using the Goose Chase App.  Missions or challenges went live at 10am and were listed on the App for teams to plan their routes.  The challenges were in one of three formats:
  • Find a geographic location (confirmed by GPS)
  • Answer a question about a particular location (confirmed by correct answer)
  • Submit a photograph or video of the team at the required location.
During the event additional bonus challenges were sent out to the team that were not location based and tested the team’s observation and creativity.  Finally, to make the event ‘socially distant’, there was no congregation of teams to announce winners and draw random prizes.  This was done by email and announced on social media.  The App itself had maintained a leader board visible to all teams but adjusted by bonus and penalty points based on photographic submissions.
Looking back at previous Rambles we had volunteers manning every checkpoint and managing the logistics of setting these up was a major exercise.  In 2017 we had over 80 volunteers to run the event.  This year it could be run on the day with only one!  This is the power of technology and the functionality in a new App.
Almost $7,000 in prizes were made available by our generous sponsors:
  • Spicer Retreats
  • KDV Sport
  • Village Road Theme Parks
  • Lana Noir Photography
  • 94.1 FM Radio
  • ISR Training
  • Southport Yacht Club
  • HopOn Brewery Tours
  • Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery
We were able to balance the costs of running the event due to a generous donation from Kevin and Lindy Campbell so if you are looking for storage, please talk to Campbell’s Self Storage at Hope Island.
 
This year we used a registration site that provided an single easy-to-navigate registration and donation platform for participants.  Raisely.com was able to handle the seamless transfer and receipting of team donations directly to the nominated charity at minimum cost.
Total proceeds for the event was $6,644, which included $1,350 in registrations.  Several teams campaigned hard to maximise their pre-event bonus points:
  • Niopotamus $1,045 raised for Bravehearts
  • Good Karma $913raised for Baby Give Back
  • Hinterland Heroes $870 raised for The Salvos
Disappointingly the 9 recipient charities only generated one or two teams with over 80% of team registrations coming from Rotarians or their connections.  With an average team donation of $300, this was an opportunity missed with Rotary running a fun event for their network to support.
 
 
ANDRE'A AND HER BEST DRESSED TEAM FROM AAIC
Photo Albums from Previous Events
Sponsors
Accent Print & Copy
The Advanced Group
Spicers Retreats