Charlie’s mourners are being asked to donate to Operation Flinders. Here’s why.

The initiative aligns with the family’s wishes to channel their grief into a cause that benefits young people.

In a heartfelt response to the tragic loss of Charlie Stevens, son of Grant and Emma Stevens, mourners are being encouraged to make donations to Operation Flinders in lieu of flowers. This initiative aligns with the family’s wishes to channel their grief into a cause that benefits young people.

Charlie, who was embarking on his career as a second-year apprentice, tragically passed away following a hit-and-run incident at Goolwa Beach.

In the wake of this tragedy, his parents, both deeply connected to youth welfare through Operation Flinders, have urged the community to support the organization. Operation Flinders aims to assist young people in overcoming personal challenges and contributing positively to society.

“The outpouring of support, grief, love and compassion from the entire community is an incredible testament to the Steven’s family and the people and lives they have touched” said Operation Flinders CEO, David Wark.

Grant Stevens, a board member of Operation Flinders, alongside his wife Emma, has transformed a personal tragedy into an opportunity to help others. Their decision to ask for donations to Operation Flinders instead of flowers is a testament to their commitment to youth development and community support.

“He is a highly valuable member of our Board, and our community, and we are very fortunate to have someone of his stature support our organisation so tangibly” said David. 

“We are very humbled by their gesture at a time when their pain is so difficult.

Even at this time, Grant and Emma have the communities best interests at heart, and Operation Flinders is the humble recipient of their enormous goodwill” said David.

Operation Flinders, through adventure therapy and with hundreds of volunteers, works to save the lives of young South Australians by giving them an experience at the northern end of the Flinders Ranges that transforms them. Whether it is the campfire, hiking, the abseiling and high ropes course or bush cooking, young people develop resilience and courage to stretch their comfort zone and conquer challenges. 

To further accommodate the outpouring of support and condolences, several police stations across the region, including those in Christies Beach, Nuriootpa, and Port Lincoln, have opened condolence books. Additionally, an online condolence book is available for those who prefer to express their sympathies digitally.

The family has also highlighted SA Police Legacy as another organization worthy of support. This charity offers crucial assistance to families of South Australian police officers facing bereavement or illness. The Stevens family’s call to action has resulted in a noticeable increase in donations to this important cause.

To make a donation, click here.

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