Locals go to Extremes for Global Scavenger Hunt


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A group of Jefferson County residents are taking part in a global competition called The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen, and they're willing to go to extremes for the charitable cause.

The scavenger hunt is a challenge that raises money for the charitable organization Random Acts. Teams have one week to complete a list of 185 tasks, and the challenges are outrageous. For example, one of the tasks is getting a tattoo of Pope Francis.

Sarah Brennan, a member of the Jefferson County team named USSDESTIEL, agreed to do it.

"I’m very nervous, but I think it will be worth it in the end,” Brennan said.

If you don't understand why Brennan is getting the tattoo, you are not alone. However, she said getting the tattoo is worth it for a good cause.

"I’ve gotten mixed reactions, but for the most part it's been positive, everybody's been really supportive,” Brennan said.

"This is the week that you just go out of your mind and you do things that you never would ever do, break out of your comfort zone,” USSDESTIEL team member Jennifer Mill-Irving said.

USSDESTIEL team members from Jefferson County have joined forces with people all around the world, including New York and even Australia. So far, they have completed about 80 outrageous tasks.

They have done everything from cheering at a car wash and delivering cards to a nursing home, to dressing up like a statue and getting pampered while dressed as a storm-trooper.

"We're trying to make the world a better place and having fun an being goofy at the same time,” Mill-Irving said.

As for Brennan, she said she has no regrets.

"Just because it is such a good experience and such a great memory that I’m gong to be able to have, so I think it's all going to be worth it,” Brennan said. “It's been really wonderful asking for help and getting help. Just seeing people being giving and gracious. It's just been such a wonderful thing that I feel like this is just one more thing that I can do to add to it."

Brennan got her tattoo done for free by an artist at No Tomorrow Tattoo in Charles Town. She said she is going to donate the cost of the tattoo to Random Acts.

Teams have until 2 a.m. Saturday to finish as many tasks as they can. The Jefferson County team said win or lose, they're still going to compete in next year's challenge.

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