Inverell Pathfinders joins in annual pumpkin harvest to help the homeless

Volunteers from Inverell, Glen Innes and Armidale help pick pumpkins and potatoes for the 2016 run.
Volunteers from Inverell, Glen Innes and Armidale help pick pumpkins and potatoes for the 2016 run.

The not-for-profit Pathfinders have gathered many participants for its 2018 pumpkin harvest this Wednesday and Friday at Tilbuster Station (Armidale) and Inverell.

The event will see participants picking, loading and unloading an estimated 10 tonne of pumpkin crop over two days.

The pumpkins will be used to feed the homeless and disadvantaged across NSW next month during the 2018 Pumpkin Run.

Locals will harvest pumpkins on a Brosnans Lane property from 10am on Friday, May 25. 

Pumpkins are grown from local donors and at Pathfinders’ Tilbuster Station, which is a working farm for young people. The station is used 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 in need.

In 2016, more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness across Australia. Pathfinders says it is urgent for federal, state and local organisations to strengthen their efforts and commitment to helping the homeless and disadvantaged populations.

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