The Bernie Lewis Charity and Social Team (B-CAST) actively raise funds for South Australian Charity Organisations

Posted in: Insights, Video

16/09/2016

The B-CAST core focus is to provide charitable and social opportunities within Bernie Lewis, represent and encourage the Bernie Lewis values.

They actively support organisations that are South Australian based, that are family focused, and where a high value of each monetary donation goes to the cause - not to admin fees. There is also an emphasis on working with organisations that provide personal contact and interation with our business.

2016 raising funds for Operation Flinders Foundation

During 2016, B-CAST has partnered with the Operation Flinders Organisation for the entire year in order to direct a larger amount of fundraising toward one organisation.

Operation Flinders Foundation is a South Australian based charitable organisation that runs a world leading wilderness adventure program for young offenders and young people at risk. The program takes participants between the age of 14 and 18 years on an eight day exercise in the far northern Flinders Ranges, providing an opportunity for its participants to break away from their past and grow as valued members of the community.

The Foundation offers a unique program that presents its participants with a new direction in life. Teams trek 100km through the spectacular Flinders Ranges with the aim to develop personal attitudes of self esteem, leadership, motivation, team work and responsibility. They learn basic bush survival skills, are taught to abseil, discover Indigenous culture and learn of the rich history of the Flinders Ranges. Unlike other aspects of their lives, there is not an opportunity for the participants to 'opt out'.

Each team, of between 8 and 10, is led by a team leader skilled in navigation and bushcraft. The young participants live out and sleep on the ground, prepare their own food, navigate through the Flinders Ranges and learn the values of team work and respect.

An independent evaluation in 2001 reported that the program at that time was leading the world in its outcomes, and found that the young people at high risk underwent a significant positive change as a result. Operation Flinders fields teams from both metropolitan and regional communities throughout South Australia. In the years 2008-2009, a record number of over 320 young people participated in an Operation Flinders Foundation Exercise.

So far this year, B-CAST has contributed over $5,000 towards Operation Flinders through their fundraising efforts.

The impact of Operation Flinders can be seen in this Transformation Story

Other ways in which B-CAST helps the community

In addition to their major fundraising efforts, the B-CAST team has also contributed to other community organisations. Contributions include donations of assistance, money, food, clothing and other items.

Some of the organisations we've helped include:

  • Rufus - an Adelaide charity helping homless people
  • Helpful Hand
  • Adelaide Homeless Shelter
  • Calisthenics Association
  • Sporting teams