Keeping Track Of One Geocacher’s Pet Project


Categories: 2010/2011 Caches Travel Bugs


Auckland geocacher Steve Shipway (GC handle: sshipway) is hoping to give pause for thought over the recent catastrophies in Christchurch and Japan with two fundraising ‘Whiskers the Cat’ travel tags.

“Back when the big earthquake hit Christchurch in February, my family and I had only been geocaching for a couple of weeks (our first find was GC20GG1 Trolling in Flat Bush, if you’re interested) and we had just found our first trackable object.

This inspired me to start work on creating my own set of cat-themed trackables – Siefert Cat, Cat Mandu and so on. The plan was to attach each tag to a USB data key, in the hope that it would collect photographs from people as it travelled. After the quake, the plan was modified and so, on March 3rd, I released Cat S. Trophy into an Auckland cache – possibly I should have used a Christchurch Earthquake geocoin for the purpose, but the Geoswag trackable was already in hand and I wanted to act immediately.

This new trackable is intended to be a fundraising venture. All geocachers who pick it up are requested to make a small donation – in the region of $5 – to the Red Cross to help out with the relief effort, and if they post a log confirming this I can add the value to a running total in the cache description. Also, this trackable has a few goals – the first being to reach Christchurch, and then the various countries who sent teams to assist with the rescue effort. Each time a goal is reached, I’ll make an additional donation myself.

Like many other people in New Zealand, I’ve made a financial donation to the disaster relief effort but I also want to do something less impersonal for my adopted country. Since I have none of the special skills required for helping in person, this seems to me to be a small way in which I and the rest of the geocaching community can raise awareness while also raising more funds.

Shortly after Cat S. Trophy was released, Japan suffered its own disaster. This prompted the creation of Cat R. Clysm, with a similar plan of inspiring donations to help out with the disaster over there. Hopefully, these two trackables will continue to raise funds for a good cause long after the initial disasters which inspired them have become only a sad memory.

Currently, Trophy is being taken on a tour of North Island caches by one geocacher (willbuild), and Clysm is awaiting collection from the Auckland multi GC11XF6 Plants and Things, having been placed there by ZorkV. Neither has passed through many hands as yet – it’s still only early days – but if you meet one of them, please make a donation and move them on soon.”

* Cat S. Trophy has raised NZ$10 so far.



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  1. robnzh says:

    April 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Might be nice if Trophy was released for others to have a chance.

  2. Guwapo says:

    April 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    As we supplied the cats to Steve we have just made a donation, effectively doubling Cat S. Trophy’s fundraising efforts so far.

    Kind wish,


  3. Steve Shipway says:

    April 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Get my name right! 🙂
    Thanks to Guwapo for their donation, I’ll update the counter. Trophy has recently been released in the Bay of Plenty area, so local cachers be on the lookout for this little guy and help in in his travels.
    Thanks also to kjwx for the mention in the blog!

  4. Cumbyrocks says:

    April 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Apologies Steve, all correct now!

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