The United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton's 7th annual Cityquest Scavenger Hunt took place Saturday at Eastgate Square in Hamilton's east end. The hunt raised $7,500.

The money, which is part of the United Way's annual campaign to raise funds, is earmarked for programs serving at-risk youth in Hamilton and Burlington, said Janyce Robinson, director of marketing, communications and events.

The event kicked off at 10 a.m. Fifteen two-person teams had four-and-a-half hours to scour the city, looking for specific items, answering quiz questions and performing activity challenges.

"They used chopsticks to stack three chapsticks on one another," said Robinson, offering an example of some of the tasks performed.

The teams relied on HSR bus passes that had been donated for the event to get around the city in the time allotted.

Teams were then judged by a committee. Sisters Erinn and Heather Belot were declared the winners. For their efforts, they received a $200 Eastgate Square gift card.

The United Way's annual fundraising campaign kicked off at Ivor Wynne Stadium during a Ti-Cats game Sept. 15. The campaign received its first boost when ArcelorMittal Dofasco CEO and President Juergen Schachler and company Employee Donations Fund chair Larry Meyer presented  Burlington Campaign Chair, Hon. Paddy Torsney and Hamilton Campaign Chair, Dr. Nick Bontis with a cheque for $500,000 during half-time.

The United Way's overall goal this year is to raise $7 million by December. Robinson said the campaign has already raised more than $1 million, mainly through corporate donations.

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