Pram push set to aid young mums

COMMUNITY groups, local businesses and individuals are urged to get out their prams and don their walking shoes for the Hobart City Mission’s (HCM) annual “Great Southern Pram Push”.

The fun-filled family event, to be held at Cornelian Bay on 11 March, will raise valuable funds for HCM’s Small Steps program, which provides support accommodation and training for young mothers and their children.

The main event on the day will be the “Pramathon”, which will see individuals, teams or families register for a two-and-a-half or five-kilometre walk with or without a pram around Cornelian Bay Oval.

Participants are encouraged to design or create a unique pram for their chance to win a prize.

Other highlights on the day will include children’s entertainment, activities and novelty races such as the “Bottle Dash Relay Race”, “MP Mashup” and “A Day in the Life of a Parent Race”.

Food vendors Chasing Crows, Munchies Street Food and Motovecchia will be on site during the day to provide refreshments.

HCM chief executive officer John Stubley said support from participants helped to make a positive impact in the lives of young mothers and their babies.

“It’s a sad reality that some Tasmanian babies and children are taken into state care because their young mum doesn’t have a home suited to their needs or the support around her to keep her family safe,” he said.

“At HCM, we believe the best way to address this is by providing a secure home environment with around-the-clock support through our unique model, which is designed specifically for the needs of each mum and her child.”

Since its inception in 2014, the Small Steps program has helped 20 young mums and 21 children remain together and avoid statutory involvement.

Minister for Human Services, Jacquie Petrusma, said the program was a great example of empowering young women to achieve success in their lives.

“As well as keeping children in their mother’s care, the program also helps young mums to gain skills so they can live independently,” she said.

“This is a terrific program run by a committed organisation and I encourage everyone who can to financially support and attend the Great Southern Pram Push.”

For more information or to register for the event, visit greatsouthernprampush.com.au.

Caption: Young Harrison Jennings, of Sorell, is gearing up to participate in the Great Southern Pram Push on 11 March, which will raise funds for Hobart City Mission’s Small Steps program.

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