The Great Pumpkin Party, held in June, was an opportunity to bring together the communities of the Southern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Organised by the Uniting Church in Hawker, Flinders Ranges, the call out was made to people in the local communities to grow pumpkins for Foodbank SA. Everyone taking part planted their pumpkin seeds in October 2017 for a harvest in late May 2018.
The main event the Great Pumpkin Party took place in Hawker on the first week of June and attracted many from the local community and the Head Moderator for the Uniting Church in South Australia, Reverend Sue Ellis.
The community donated a massive 673 kilograms of pumpkins and assorted groceries to Foodbank, with the biggest pumpkin weighing around 38kg. The donated pumpkins were distributed to those in need living on the Eyre Peninsula, West Coast and Far North South Australia via Foodbank’s Whyalla warehouse enabling Foodbank to put more than 1400 meals on their tables’.
It was a great initiative to bring the regional community together for a cause and also to help fellow South Australians. There were pumpkin competitions, stalls and lots of fun for all.
We were very thankful for the Hawker Uniting Church, the residents of Hawker and the wider Flinders Ranges Community for their generous support of Foodbank through The Great Pumpkin Party. It is amazing that although regional South Australians are more than 11% more likely to require food relief, they are definitely amongst our most generous when it comes to sharing what they have.
Come and experience the beauty of the Flinders Ranges and the generosity of regional South Australia at next year’s event to be held on the 2019 June long weekend – oh, and have a slice or two of old fashioned pumpkin pie!