Underprivileged local residents will get to indulge in a warm meal and take home donated pumpkins as the Pathfinders Pumpkin Run comes to town.
For the past three years, Pathfinders Pumpkin Run has journeyed to Sydney to deliver tonnes of pumpkins to those in need. Usually these pumpkins are grown at Pathfinders Tilbuster Station working farm for young people, which is utilised as a venue to continue the work that Pathfinders does with at-risk youth and local families.
This year, however, things didn’t go as planned. Two lots of pumpkins planted by Pathfinders’ staff and young people perished from unprecedented weather conditions.
Instead of giving up on the Pumpkin Run and on helping those in need, Pathfinders called on the community to donate pumpkins for the charitable voyage.
Two months, more than twenty donors and six tonnes of pumpkins later, Pathfinders is officially commencing the Pumpkin Run on Monday, 26th June with pumpkins loaded on a gooseneck, horse trailer, utes and buses. Staff and youth will be giving back to the local and broader communities by donating this produce to nursing homes, soup kitchens and other charities as well as cooking up hot meals for those in need.
Pathfinders’ team of staff and young people will partner with Soul Café (2/49 Hunter Street, Newcastle) and OzHarvest to assist in cooking and distributing pumpkins to disadvantaged members of the community on Tuesday, June 27th.
Lunch services and pumpkin distribution will commence around 11:30am and finish at 1:30pm. Media opportunities will be available.
Since its inception, the Pathfinders Pumpkin Run has delivered almost 20 tonnes of pumpkins, fed thousands of meals to men, women and children in need while also showing young people in their programs the nature of generosity in giving back.
Pathfinders provide a board range of complementary programs to thousands of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and families per year. They have been established for more than 30 years, starting life as a crisis youth refuge in 1984. Service deliver extends across the majority of regional, rural and remote communities in the New England, North West and Mid North Coast regions of NSW.