Two of Ironfish Adelaide’s team are about to undertake an ‘epic’ bike journey to help raise funds for Operation Flinders, a South Australian not-for-profit that runs adventure transformation programs for young offenders and young people at risk.
As part of its work, the charitable organisation takes teens between 14 and 18 years of age on an eight-day exercise in the far northern Flinders Ranges, providing an opportunity for them to break away from their past and grow as valued members of the community.
With a view to raising money for the foundation, Julian Stevens and Michael Lawton, both property specialists, will be joining a five-consecutive day cycle ride through the rugged and stunning landscape. Using a rotation of road and mountain bikes, the two will definitely find it a positive and rewarding challenge, and have been training hard.
“We’ve both become involved because we want to make a difference’, says Mike. “We’re inspired by the work that Operation Flinders does, so we wanted to raise money for it as part of our participation in the Epic Impact Yankaninna Challenge 2017”.
The expedition runs from 8-14 May 2017, starting at Operation Flinders Foundation head office in Port Adelaide, then all the way to the charity’s Base Camp Yankaninna Station, located approximately 678km’s away in the beautiful Northern Flinders Ranges.
Julian says, “We’re aware that this is by far not an easy challenge as we’ll be riding our bicycles approximately 135km each day – testing our character and desire to overcome unique physical, mental and emotional barriers – in support of Operation Flinders Foundation and the young teens it helps.
Ironfish’s involvement forms part of its corporate social responsibility program, with primary sponsorship from Damon Nagel, managing director of Ironfish Adelaide, complemented by generous donations from Joseph Chou and Susanne Anderson. Delegates at the recent Ironfish Hawaii Conference also kindly contributed.
The riders are hoping team members from all Ironfish offices will dig deep, saying that even the smallest donation will make a difference – maybe even by holding raffles or bake sales.
“The more people that know about Operation Flinders, the greater its impact,” says Mike, ”so please also spread the word by sharing our story with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot! We promise to keep everyone updated on our progress on the ride and for donations received.”
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Watch a short 2 minute film about last year’s ride, joined by Michael Lawton