Operation Flinders 'on the cusp' after donation

OVER THE LINE: Members of the Whyalla Rotary Club present their $1000 donation to SAPOL Operations Inspector Mark Hubbard.
OVER THE LINE: Members of the Whyalla Rotary Club present their $1000 donation to SAPOL Operations Inspector Mark Hubbard.

Whyalla is 'all but certain' to secure an Operation Flinders deployment later in the year after the Rotary Club of Whyalla donated $1000 to the cause on Tuesday.

The Operation Flinders Whyalla Chapter will see a group of 10 young local people embark on an eight-day 100km walking exercise in the far northern Flinders Ranges, providing an opportunity for its participants to break away from their past and grow as valued members of the community.

The initiative is aimed at helping reduce youth crime levels in Whyalla, and has been funded with the generous donations by a number of community organisations over the past year.

SAPOL Operations Inspector Mark Hubbard accepted the donation from Rotary.

"We are so appreciative of the generosity of community organisations like Rotary for helping us realise this goal," he said.

"This donation puts the Whyalla Chapter on the cusp of reaching it's $16,500 fundraising target and means Whyalla is all but certain to secure its Operation Flinders deployment later in 2020

"Operation Flinders has a proven track record and acts as a psychological circuit breaker to increase resilience so that these young people can tackle the challenges of life.

"It is especially designed for those from environments with family dysfunction, drug abuse, and physical abuse to improve self-confidence and self-esteem, ability to work in teams, and ability to accept responsibility."

Rotary Club of Whyalla President Keith Sichler said the goals of Operations Flinders aligned with Rotary's objectives of leadership and youth development.

"There's a lot of kids in Whyalla that are looking for some leadership and some direction. Operation Flinders has a proven track record. It's adventure-based so kids learn a lot, their personal development grows.

"They come back as different people, ready to contribute to society and give back.

"We knew the Whyalla Chapter were looking for funds to put Operation Flinders together so we raised money through the Whyalla Show and different events that we attend.

"The bulk of our funds go back into Whyalla community projects."