Pumpkin Run a Cinderella story

Anita Hartley, team leader at MNC Family Referral Services and Margo Clarke, manager of the Kempsey PCYC at the pumpkin handover last week
Anita Hartley, team leader at MNC Family Referral Services and Margo Clarke, manager of the Kempsey PCYC at the pumpkin handover last week

EVERY year Pathfinders Pumpkin Run travels to Sydney to deliver tonnes of pumpkins to those in need. The idea was born from Pathfinders Tilbuster Station working farm for young people, which is utilised as a venue to continue and expand upon the work that Pathfinders does with at risk youth and local families. Disadvantaged young people participate in a range of agricultural, horticultural and trade skills programs such as crop and vegetable production, animal husbandry, beef cattle production, fencing, welding and building construction.

Last week they stopped in at the Kempsey PCYC to drop off their precious cargo. MNC Family Referral Service team leader Anita Hartley said the run had a serous purpose.

“It says that we can all make a difference and something as common as the humble pumpkin can provide a hot meal and some comfort to the homeless or someone who needs a helping hand,” she said.

The pumpkins were then turned into soup for lunch before an afternoon of activities with the kids in the SAY program.

Family Referral Staff with the mural done with the children at PCYC

Family Referral Staff with the mural done with the children at PCYC

In April this year, the Pumpkin Run stopped in Tamworth, Newcastle and Sydney, finishing at Government House. Pathfinders Family Referral Service (FRS) will hold their own Pumpkin Run on the Mid North Coast, starting in Coffs Harbour on Thursday 14th July. 

Since its inception, Pathfinders Pumpkin Run has delivered more than 9 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 provides a broad range of complementary programs to 10,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and families per year. They have been established for over 30 years, starting life as a crisis youth refuge in 1984. Service delivery extends across 87% of regional, rural and remote communities in the New England, North West and Mid North Coast regions of NSW.