Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest Pilgrimage

$10,687 raised
GOAL $25,000
159 donations
since Apr 2018

The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest Pilgrimage is an epic 40 km trek raising funds for crisis and emergency accommodation for the homeless and near homeless in Hobart. The pilgrimage begins in the historic Hobart CBD and traverses its way over two days, with one night spent flanking the beautiful kunanyi/Mt Wellington and on to the amazing Willie Smith''s Mid Winter Festival site in Grove. The trek will pass through rugged environments, with the potential for driving snow, tenacious winds, and freezing conditions! We''re aiming to raise over $25 000!!

Donations from this project will go directly to Hobart Women's Shelter and Bethlehem House in Hobart. Money raised will be used to assist shelters in helping residents to find their feet outside of crisis and emergency accommodation. Projects will include developing training facilities to assist Bethlehem House residents in developing work and life skills. Donations to Hobart Women's Shelter will assist in the creation of child play facilities to ensure residents opportunities to concentrate on getting back on their feet while having children with them at the shelter.

Participants on the pilgrimage will spend a very cold night embracing Hobarts wintery conditions, like many people in Hobart are forced to endure on a day-to-day basis. The Pilgrimage hopes to highlight the pressure being placed on crisis and emergency accommodation in Hobart due to current housing shortages.

The Pilgrimage is a joint project between Wild Pedder Adventure Tours and Willie Smith''s Apple Shed, proudly supporting Hobart Women''s Shelter and Bethlehem House.

Photo Credit:

Mitch Osbourne (Pilgrimage Team)
Mia Glastonbury (Mid Winter bonfire)
Paul Fleming (Kunanyi overlooking Hobart)
Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne (Huon Valley)
James Spencer (Festival character)
Tourism Tasmania & Kate Berry (Festival stage)
Tourism Tasmania & Garry Moore (Salamanca and Mt Wellington)


And we made it!!! 2 days, ~40 km, sun, snow, ice, roads, footpaths, boulders, and mud!

From the hustle of Hobart's CBD, past the historic Cascade Brewery, into the foothills of kunanyi, up for an icy evening at the Springs, pre-dawn sidling across snow-covered boulders to Wellington Falls, through thick scrub to Mount Montague, a steep descent down into Mountain River and the final stretch into the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival festival site in Grove!

And all of this for a great cause - to raise awareness about the challenges and struggles of Hobart's homeless, and to raise funds along the way. More than $8300 has been raised for Hobart Women's Shelter and Bethlehem House.

We have been amazed and inspired by the generosity of you, the supporters. From our old and new friends who have donated their time and resources, to all of the people who have been inspired to donate their hard-earned dollars to help those in need. Thank you and good on you all!

We may have heavy legs, but our hearts are lightened!

Huge thanks to Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival, Hill Street Grocer, Drive Car Hire, Tasmanian Walking Company, Wild Island Adventure Hire, Hobart & Beyond, Hype tv, Osborne Images, FIND YOUR FEET, Walk on Wellington ABC Hobart, and Triple M Hobart.

p.s. checkout Wild Pedder on Facebook for some more photos ;)
Good morning everybody! A huge thank you for the incredible generosity of you all for such an important cause!

We have currently raised one-sixth of our target, and importantly awareness is spreading about the ongoing plight of Tasmania's homeless, especially in these winter months.

This time next week the pilgrims will be walking their way through Hobart CBD, headed for their camp at the Springs and the ultimate destination of the Mid Winter Festival in Grove on Friday 13th.

If you have a moment to share our cause we would greatly appreciate it. The greater our reach, the more awareness we can create and the more funds we can raise for two very worthy organisations.

Many thanks from the Huon Valley Mid Winter Fest Pilgrims!
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$10,687 raised
GOAL $25,000
159 donations
since Apr 2018
Fundraising for
My Cause Gift Fund for Hobart Women's Shelter and Bethlehem House
Funds donated to the My cause Gift Fund will be split 50/50 between Bethlehem House and Hobart Women's Shelter. The Trustees will always disburse funds to the nominated cause, however in the case that is not possible, the funds will be disbursed to a DGR charity at the trustees discretion.
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