Sofia Sees Hope Social Distancing Scavenger Hunt

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Welcome to the Sofia Sees Hope Social Distancing Scavenger Hunt! We are glad to meet you.

If you are on this page it means you are interested in joining in on our scavenger hunt, an idea concocted during the coronavirus pandemic/lockdown. The virus and the subsequent mandate to “social distance” caused us to cancel three fundraisers, two in the spring and then our primary fundraiser, Dinner in the Dark, in October. So we came up with this idea to help raise some funds for our mission and help keep folks busy during whatever lockdown they find themselves in. And we know we’re not the only nonprofit in this situation. So we’ve decided to share 50% of the proceeds with another 501(c)3. Which one? It’s the winner’s choice!

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Some basic info

We are doing this to continue to raise awareness for rare inherited retinal disease and Leber congenital amaurosis, which is challenging in this time of a global viral pandemic. Because of the coronavirus crisis, national and private biomedical resources are now almost exclusively focused on COVID treatments and cures. This is of course critical, but it also means that all these resources have been almost wholly diverted from work on other diseases and disabilities ranging from blindness to cancer.

We are doing this as a way to help homebound folks stay busy. Our team of volunteers came up with the list of challenges for the scavenger hunt with a focus on staying home, being safe outside, and keeping mind and body engaged!

We are doing this to raise funds. Fifty percent of your entry fee will benefit Sofia Sees Hope, and the education, outreach and advocacy work we are engaged in, and the other 50 percent will go to a 501(c)3 nonprofit of the winner’s choosing! This way you can help a charity in your community that is also doing important work.

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How it works

The Scavenger Hunt is open to anyone around the world! The maximum number you can have on your team is 5 (five) but they don’t all have to live in the same house! This could be a fun way to stay in touch with friends or family you currently cannot be with at this time. Really the only equipment you’ll need is a smart phone that can take photos/videos and a Facebook account.

To be officially entered, you must fill out this Google form. Once we receive your entry, you will be emailed confirmation and a link to make your suggested minimum team donation of $100. (Here’s the official rules, etc. you need to know.)

The Scavenger Hunt runs from Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 20. On opening day, you will receive an email with the list of challenges. You must complete 10 (ten) of the challenges by 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday, May 20 to be entered into the pool to win.

There will be 3 additional requirements in the game:

  • To begin, each team must complete a quiz about rare disease. You will receive a link to the quiz in the confirmation email.
  • On Saturday May 16, we’ll release a special challenge via email that is required!
  • On the last day, Wednesday, May 20, teams must share 3 facts about Leber congenital amaurosis or rare disease on their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag Sofia Sees Hope (@sofiaseeshope on all platforms).

You will post all your photos and/or videos in this Facebook group as you complete challenges. Once you are confirmed as entered in the hunt, you will be invited to join the Facebook group. The group is private, meaning that no one outside it can see who is a member, or any of the posts.

And the winner is …

Every team that completes 10 challenges by the hunt’s end will be entered into a random drawing for the winner.

The winner will be able to designate a 501(c)3 nonprofit of his/her choosing to receive a donation from Sofia Sees Hope, will have pizza delivered to his/her home(s), and will receive a trophy (it might be a virtual trophy)!

The winner will be announced Friday, May 22 and notified by email.