On a remote hilltop with views across the vast Yankaninna Station, a rock mound sits as a memorial to Pamela Murray-White, who in 1991 founded the world-leading adventure therapy program, Operation Flinders.
Murray-White passed away in 1995, and today her vision has evolved into a program that has provided opportunities for more than 8000 young people.
Yankaninna hosts hundreds of young people each year as they embark on Operation Flinders’ transformative eight-day, 100km trek through the Flinders Ranges wilderness.
The memorial, named after Murray-White’s radio call name “Moonbeams”, sees participants take a rock from the bottom of the hill and place it at the top, symbolising life’s problems and the difficulties they hope to leave behind them.
Nearby sits an old ammunition tin, in which teens place heartfelt letters about their experiences.
Operation Flinders has partnered with Adelaide’s Soho Coffee Roasters to launch a coffee blend named in honour of Murray-White. All proceeds will go towards Operation Flinders’ work with at-risk young people.
Moonbeam’s Blend is a combination of Colombian and Ethiopian beans, which are roasted, blended and bagged in Adelaide by Soho Coffee Roasters, a wholesale producer of premium South Australian coffee. The beans are currently available for purchase through Operation Flinders as 1kg bags in black or white packaging.
Soho Coffee Roaster’s Steve Fulton and his wife Linda founded the premium Adelaide-based roastery in 2017, and have since partnered with a number of charities for events and products.
Steve says the specialty blend is a high-quality combination of ethically sourced coffee beans.
“The Colombian [beans] brings your chocolate content, whereas the Ethiopian’s a little more fruit-driven and brings some of the sweetness and acidity through the beverage,” Steve says.
“We do everything we possibly can to produce the best coffee at every angle. I don’t just say that; we take every single step we can to improve our coffee.”
As part of the collaboration, Soho will provide barista training courses for the teenagers who volunteer as Operation Flinders’ peer group mentors, broadening the scope for future job opportunities.
“The minute you train someone, they will always remember where they learnt their trade. So for us, it’s very fulfilling and a good way to promote our brand going forward,” Steve says.
“From a youth perspective and getting someone into the workforce, we can quickly and easily give someone the skills they need to gain ongoing work from that point.”
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