The joint campaign by SA Police and the Department for Child Protection to get ten at-risk Whyalla youths sent on an Operation Flinders deployment has received a big boost in the form of a $1000 donation.
Ben Williams from the local Neighbourhood Watch group presented SAPOL Operations Inspector Mark Hubbard and DCP Whyalla Manager Jenny Knight with the cheque on Tuesday.
Mr Williams said he had seen at-risk youth come through programs like Operation Flinders to make positive contributions to the community.
"It's great to work with SAPOL on this, I hope the kids do get a lot out of it," he said.
Mr Hubbard thanked Neighbourhood Watch for their generous donation, saying it was an example of the group 'leading from the front'.
"There are thousands of very hard-working volunteers in Neighbourhood Watch who compliment what we do in the SA Police," he said.
"Donations like this are a tremendous step forward to achieving the goal of getting Operation Flinders up and running. We've also been blown away by the support we have received from the Whyalla community."
Ms Knight said an action committee were working to get Operation Flinders off the ground.
"Hopefully we can build something that's sustainable, because those kids will come back and become leaders in our community," she said.
"If we can tap into other areas of the community with this, it fits in really nicely with some of the work the Clontarf Foundation are doing with local youth."
SAPOL are hoping to secure a total of $16,500 for the deployment early next year.