OPERATION FLINDERS EXISTS TO BE THE LEADING PROVIDER OF QUALITY REMOTE OUTBACK ADVENTURE PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK.
The Foundation works with young people from the age of 13 - 18 who have been identified as 'at risk'. The 8-day program is held in the northern Flinders Ranges where young people trek up to 100km, experience abseiling, Indigenous culture, bushcraft and build self-confidence through challenging themselves. These young people come from all across South Australia and are typically referred to us as part of a team of 10 from one school or agency.
Once the young person completes an Exercise, they are invited to join the Peer Group Mentor Program. This program opens them up to a world of opportunity and growth!
MY OPERATIONS FLINDERS JOURNEY
I went out into the Flinders with a lot of anger problems, confidence issues and a bad attitude. As the week progressed I learnt to appreciate and understand what the people at Operation Flinders were trying to teach us and why what I was doing back home was wrong. I started co-operating with my team members and giving instead of taking like I usually did.
When I returned home people were expecting me to fall back into my old ways, but I didn’t, I chose to remember some of the lessons I’d been taught and put them in place in my daily life. I learnt to control my anger, a task that I thought was beyond me. Operation Flinders helped me to change my ways for the better and the program set me on a new path in life. It showed me a different side of myself that I didn’t know existed and helped me realise some of my dreams and goals.
I thought each time we got to the top of a big mountain and looked back at what we accomplished it was really worth it. The long walks with the backpacks were hard but worth it in the end, I enjoyed the experience very much and the team leaders and support staff did an outstanding job.
It was an amazing experience and I still have so much more to learn. This trip was a great opportunity and I have gained so much knowledge from everyone around me. The leaders were great and supporting everyone and I loved working as a team.
Operation Flinders was my turning point. Before Operation Flinders I felt like I wasn’t good enough, I was angry and didn’t care for myself. Operation Flinders made me feel like I was worthy of success and released passion inside me to help others.
I loved the feeling of achievement, being in a team and learning. From then on I never questioned my capabilities. I was the first person in my family to complete University. 20 years on I’m working as the Social Worker in my old high school planning my 6th walk.
Operation Flinders is an experience like no other.
OPERATION FLINDERS NEEDS YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT. YOUR DONATION CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN TRANSFORMING THE LIFE OF A YOUNG PERSON AT RISK.
Why 'Moonbeam's Blend'?
Pam Murray-White had a vision – to provide troubled teens with a life changing experience. Pam knew that being “out bush” cleared the head and was good for the soul. So in 1991 and with the spectacular Flinders Ranges as the backdrop, Operation Flinders was born. The first participants carried their gear in backpacks, slept rough, abseiled, learnt about indigenous culture, cooked over an open fire and learnt about resilience, courage, team-work and self-confidence - a format unchanged to this day.
Affectionately known as “Moonbeam”, Pam passed away on 13 August, 1995. In the shadows of Mt. Rose, on Yankaninna Station where the program is run, there’s a memorial to Pam called “Moonbeam’s Vision”. Our label depicts the location of the memorial on a topographical map of the property. Program participants are brought to this spot where they can take a moment to stop and reflect on their journey or leave a thank you note to Pam.
Today, Pam’s vision has evolved into a program that has provided opportunities for over 8,000 young people.
So while you’re enjoying a cup of Moonbeam’s Blend, sit back, relax and know that your purchase is supporting Pam’s work in transforming the lives of young people at risk.
The Operation Flinders office is located in Edwardstown and we would like to acknowledge that the land we meet on is the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their country. We would like to acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and recognise that their culture and heritage is still important to the Kaurna people today.