Operation Flinders Challenge 2016 is an outdoor endurance event on the 8th and 9th October. Starting at 7.00am at the Morialta Conservation Park in the Adelaide Hills, participants can take part individually in the 15 km circuit, and as teams of two, three or four in the 15, 57 or 85 km circuits.
Wait, where’s Trailblazer gone?
Initially confused as to where Trailblazer had gone, I did some research. It turns out that after working together on the first Trailblazer Challenge in 2007, Operation Flinders and the Rotary Club of Adelaide parted ways in 2013. Adelaide outdoorstypes can now choose from Operation Flinders Challenge or Trailblazer by the Sea
Operation Flinders runs eight-day programs for young people at risk in the northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia and has a proven ability to bring about life changing experiences for the participants.
Set up by former teacher and army officer Pamela Murray White in 1991, Operation Flinders is an organisation that aims to ‘To transform young people’s lives through world leading, evidence-based remote, outback intervention programs.’ Operation Flinders has built and retained a strong team of qualified instructors and professionals. It’s supported by a wide range of donors and service clubs and relies on donations and fundraising to continue its work. In its first year Pam conducted one exercise with 35 participants, in 2016, five exercises will be held.
Pay it forward
Outdoorstype has had the good fortune to have helped provide some of the gear the participants have needed over the years. I’ve had the good fortune to work with some participants in this years challenge. Juanita is a genuine outdoorstype helping bring the outdoors to some kids who badly need direction. Please head over to Juanita’s page and press whatever button it is to donate at https://2016operationflinderschallenge.everydayhero.com/au/juanita