May 4th-8th 2020 the Operation Flinders Foundation is facilitating an exciting yet challenging bike journey from the Adelaide Office to our home and Base Camp Yankaninna Station located approximately 709km’s away in the Northern Flinders Ranges SA.
This is by far not an easy challenge as the riders will average approximately 140km’s each day on their bikes testing their character and desire to overcome unique physical, mental and emotional barriers in support to the Operation Flinders Foundation and their work with youth at risk.
Operation Flinders Foundation is a South Australian based charitable organisation that is in its 30th year of transforming young people’s lives through world leading evidence based remote outback intervention programs.
Our mission is to provide young men and women who have been identified as being at risk, with demanding outdoor challenges and support, to help them develop their personal attitudes and values of self-esteem, motivation, team work and responsibility so they may grow as valued members of the community.
The program takes participants between the age of 14 and 18 years on an eight day exercise in the far northern Flinders Ranges. Teams trek 100km through the spectacular Flinders Ranges. They learn basic bush survival skills, are taught to abseil, discover Indigenous culture and learn of the rich history of the Flinders Ranges. Unlike other aspects of their lives, there is not an opportunity for the participants to 'opt out'.
Their trek and the obstacles they overcome become a metaphor for their lives, which each participant applies to their own circumstances. To conquer abseiling with a qualified instructor on the end of the rope is a fast lesson in trusting authority.
The successful completion of the trek and enduring the physical and emotional rigours associated, translates to strength of character and a determination to succeed.