For the past eight years, our Pathfinders Pumpkin Run has been a great success in helping our at-risk youth and the disadvantaged. By donating pumpkins and cooking meals to those in need across New South Wales, our young people engage in the action of generosity and feel a sense of pride giving back to the community.
Over 20 tonnes of pumpkins and produce has been grown and harvested by our out-of-home care kids and been donated to thousands of men, women, children and families in need through the Pumpkin Run since 2014.
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. Young people 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 who need it.
But the sad fact is, as the Pumpkin Run’s success grows, so does the need to deliver more food.
The demand for food relief is rising, with over 3.6 million Australians experiencing food insecurity at some point every year, 27% of which are children.
In 2016, more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness across Australia, and now almost 28,000 young people are homeless on any given night.
However, the main recipients of food relief are individuals and families of low incomes or unemployed, not just those who are homeless.
Hunger in Australia is an affliction suffered by everyone – it affects males, females, children, the elderly, single people and families, students, employed, unemployed and retired people. High risk groups include people with disabilities, refugees and Indigenous Australians.
It is urgent for federal, state and local organisations to strengthen their efforts and commitment to helping the homeless and disadvantaged populations.
Pathfinders will launch its annual Pumpkin Run from Armidale, stopping in Tamworth and Newcastle, with an estimated 10 tonne of pumpkins. The pumpkins will be used to feed the homeless and disadvantaged across NSW as it travels to Sydney for this years Pumpkin Run.
Last week the Pathfinders Pumpkin Run Team, consisting of staff and young people, headed to Tilbuster Station for our initial seed planting day. As a team they spend the morning on the farm learning about the processes and the groundwork that had been done in preparation to assist the team with planting the different varieties of... View Article
Dear Governor and Mrs Hurley, Thank you. On behalf of Pathfinders and its clients, I wish to thank you for your peerless service and dedication to our State. Your term of service has been marked by compassion, fairness, excellence and tremendous engagement with the people and communities of NSW. But I want to thank you... View Article
2018 has been another fantastic year for Pathfinder’s Pumpkin Run. More than 200 people have been involved in this year’s Pumpkin Run – from volunteers for planning, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, loading and packing, cooking and encouraging it has been a true community effort. We also had 3 tonnes of pumpkins donated by our communities... View Article
The Pathfinders Pumpkin Run team had another eager, early morning as the staff and young people headed to the OzHarvest warehouse in Alexandria to unload pumpkins. A group of Pumpkin Runners put on their bright yellow OzHarvest aprons before heading into the kitchen to wash, peel, chop and prepare veggies for the pumpkin soup. The... View Article
The Pathfinders Pumpkin Run team had an awesome day in Newcastle! With a trailer full of pumpkins, the team drove off to Soul Café Newcastle to donate veggies, make pumpkin soup and assist in serving lunch to those in need. Thanks to Bob from City Pharmacy, Pathfinders was able to set up a bright orange... View Article