In a touching tribute to the late Charlie Stevens, the South Australian Government has pledged a generous $100,000 donation to Operation Flinders, a foundation dedicated to transforming the lives of young people.
The heartfelt gesture comes as South Australians prepare to bid farewell to Charlie Stevens at a funeral to be held at the Adelaide Oval this evening.
“The passing of Charlie Stevens has deeply affected South Australians, and this contribution is an appropriate way for us to show our support for Grant, Emma and the Stevens family,” Premier Peter Malinauskas says.
“Operation Flinders does important work improving the lives of young South Australians, and this is a fitting way to honour Charlie.
“I encourage all South Australians to consider contributing to the cause.”
In lieu of flowers, Charlie’s parents, Emma and Grant Stevens, have asked the public to support Operations Flinders Foundation in their son’s memory.
Operation Flinders works to transform the lives of young people from the age of 13 to 18.
It runs an 8-day program in the Northern Flinders Ranges, where young people trek up to 100km, experience Indigenous culture, abseiling and bushcraft, helping build self-confidence.
The Government’s one-off donation is in addition to its existing funding commitment to the Foundation, worth approximately $500,000 year.
“We are humbled to be the recipient of this goodwill and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public and the South Australian Government,” Operation Flinders CEO David Wark says.
“The Foundation will work closely with the Stevens family to ensure Charlie’s legacy lives on through the hundreds of young people of Operation Flinders for years to come.
“We will strive to ensure Charlie’s legacy will be recognised through programs and opportunities which will impact on young people the Stevens family will never meet, which is the ultimate act of generosity.”
To find out more about Operation Flinders Foundation, head here.