Some of the volunteers who help produce Father Mac’s Heavenly Puddings at Alstonville.
Some of the volunteers who help produce Father Mac’s Heavenly Puddings at Alstonville. The Northern Star

Heavenly puddings pass Ballina Council's test

THE future of Father Mac's Heavenly Puddings has been secured with approval by Ballina Shire Council of a development application for the Alstonville factory.

Beverly Crethar, a long-standing employee of the Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, Alstonville, and manager of Father Mac's Heavenly Puddings, said the approval was a start to fulfilling the enterprise's goals, which included construction of more school buildings and helping charities and disadvantaged people.

“Fatherr Mac's is more than just a fundraising project. It brings Alstonville people together,” she said.

“The retirees and older people in the community volunteer at the factory where they reminisce and have a good time.”

The venture was started in the modest presbytery kitchen by Fr Darcy McCarthy in 1981. It has grown from producing 300 puddings in the first year to hundreds of thousands of puddings today.

Ms Crethar said the puddings were donated to help people in need over Christmas, through the Lismore Soup Kitchen, local churches, St Vincent de Paul, drought relief hampers, and much more.



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