South Delta residents should expect the unexpected next week as Team Brown(Trench)Coats goes all out to compete in the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt (GISH).
GISH is described by its creator, actor Misha Collins, as the “gamification of good.” It’s a week-long “hunt” by teams of 15 seeking to capture the best possible images or videos of more than 200 bizarre tasks aimed at bringing kindness, fun and silliness to the world.
Over its first seven years, GISH has brought tens of thousands of people together to complete over 500,000 random acts of kindness, donate over $700,000 to charity and set the world record for longest human chain to pass through a hula hoop.
This year’s hunt runs from Saturday, July 27 to Saturday, Aug. 3.
Unlike the majority of teams which are made up of members from all around the world, Team TBC is formed around a core group of long-time South Delta residents. Team captain Sharon Sutherland and her childhood friend Monica Burnett (South Delta Secondary class of 1980) are joined by their partners (Mark Meredith and Dan Burnett) and adult children, Rowan and Darsey Meredith (SDSS 2012) and Maddie Burnett (SDSS 2015) to form the core of the team. Emily Garland (SDSS 2011) and Lori Van Niekerk (nee Forrester, DSS 2000) round out the list of South Deltans on the team.
You may have seen Team Brown(Trench)Coats around the neighbourhood in previous years. Members might have been dressed as a giant chicken to help people across the street, build sandcastles of superheroes, paint in a public park – with their nose, or hold a grandmothers’ rocking chair race at the local track. Wherever you run into them, they will be trying to bring a little fun and kindness into their community.
Last year, Team TBC was runner up (out of thousands of teams) in large part because of the amazing local support that helped complete tasks like:
- A stormtrooper leading a yoga class (Tsawwassen Wellness Centre)
- A volleyball game with a cream-filled balloon (Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall)
- Scuba divers in a crowded pub (Rose & Crown Pub)
- Postal elves misbehaving after hours (Shoppers Drug Mart)
- Silent Britney Spears music video (South Delta Library)
- A zombie hairdresser (Synergy Hair & Beauty)
- Supermansplaining (Wood ‘n’ Frog Coffee Company)