The Pioneer Challenge Competition
1 July 2020 - 30 Jun 2021
Looking to our Pioneers to Revive Western Australia’s Tourism Industry
The Pioneer Challenge is run by the Rotary Club of Matilda Bay.
The Competition raises money to expand the Memorial Rose Garden at the King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) and to build a meeting place for bereaved families and upgrade the facilities. The ashes of more than 38,000 still-born babies are in the Garden.
The competition commenced in July 2020. It is an annual event in which you can participate at a time of your own choosing.
Your objective is to enter the challenge to find and photograph nine heritage graves, answer a quiz and submit a short account of what you have learnt about the deceased. Your participation will also assist the country towns you visit on the way.
You can enter a challenge as an individual, a family or in a team and you can choose a portion of Route 120, or all of it from York to Albany.
Entries will win prizes during the year and a grand prize at the end of the competition.
About the Challenge
An innovative Rotary group from Perth has been looking to beat Covid19 and assist in the recovery of Western Australia’s tourism industry. The development of our state can be attributed to the dedication and hard work of our pioneers. The group of Rotarians is now calling on our pioneers to help them re-build our state economy, following the ravages of the COVID-19 virus. Tourism has borne a considerable economic burden over the course of the past couple of months.
A group of innovators from the Rotary Club of Matilda Bay have funded and designed a pioneer adventure game to be played in our Western Australian backyard. Called the “Pioneer Challenge”, it is a fun pioneer heritage hunt with the aim of discovering the pioneers of our state.
The game is a hybrid of a clue finding treasure hunt and a car rally that encourages people to explore our regional country towns. Once registered, players will be issued with three surprise Pioneer towns along trip of their choice along Route 120, (Southern Highway). Within these Pioneer towns, players need to find three given pioneer graves at the local cemetery and historical clues within the township. The game is played on the player’s phone and involves uploading various photos of graves and towns, and solving clues on the pioneer challenge web site. Judy Tan who played Pioneer Challenge said that it was one of the most fun things our family did last weekend. “We visited three regional towns that we had never visited before. To our surprise, we found it so interesting to learn about local history and our local pioneers, whilst having a great day in the country. The locals were so friendly, and we were delighted to be able to support local businesses in our regional areas. So often we are going from point A to point B and never take the time to explore beyond the Perth city. The virus lockdown has taught us that there is more to life than just being in a hurry. Spending time with our family in the country was truly wonderful. We discovered fun places and have stories and memories to last a lifetime”.
The game founder, Mr Chris Oakeley said that the objective of the game is to get people to visit our regional towns. “In only a few short months, WA tourism has gone from enjoying record international and interstate visitor numbers to a complete industry shutdown.
Pioneer Challenge is designed to be fun for family and friends of all age groups - it gets us out visiting our interesting regional towns in Western Australia. It is a fun way of ensuring that regional towns and businesses can get back on their feet and be operational as soon as possible”. Mr Oakeley said that the game is a non-profit venture and all funds raised will support Rotary projects, especially the refurbishment of the King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) infant remembrance gardens. “At this stage, the game covers York to Albany but depending on the success and popularity of the game, we may be looking to extend the game to all parts of the state. So, gather a team together and start your discovery, exploration and adventure today.” he said The Shire CEO of Narrogin, Dale Stewart was excited about the prospects of the Pioneer Challenge Heritage Game. “Encouraging people to visit regional country towns is a great idea and this treasure hunt game offers fun and adventure. There is a resurgence in popularity of Geo clue finding games like Pokemon and Geocaching. The Pioneer Challenge has an added advantage in that participants learn something about our local history and pioneers along the way. We look forward to the support of West Australians”.