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Humans of Kangaroo Island

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This 78-page glossy hardcover is a stylish coffee table book sharing stories about local Kangaroo Islanders and their journeys before, during and after, the 2020 Black Summer fires and through the covid pandemic.

Funded through a Community Enterprise Foundation grant, the not-for-profit online project Humans of Kangaroo Island was able to produce a book version of the popular stories and raise funds to benefit the island’s community. The majority of book proceeds flow back into Kangaroo Island and help the fire-devastated sports club, Western Districts, to purchase play equipment for children to use in the future and for generations to come.

Sabrina Davis started the project in August 2020 because she felt a need to re-connect, uplift and inspire her community after the devastating Black Summer fires, during which her family was one of the many that lost their livelihood and their home on the 3rd of January 2020.

‘Relocated into new communities, we were cleaning up our land and starting to rebuild, all in our little isolation bubbles and without much contact to other community members, friends and neighbours. I felt the need to talk about this big gap Covid-19 had created during our recovery and the importance of shared storytelling quickly shone through, with the page gaining a large following in its first month.’

In November 2020 Sabrina decided to use the page’s new popularity to make an impact in her community and started to tell the stories of 11 local farm firefighters, alongside holding a fundraiser to help re-equip 100 unsung local heroes with PPE kits and safety equipment.

In a very short time, estimated funds of $13,000 were raised and a whopping total of over $60,000 eventually came into the fund. Now, over 225 local firefighters have been kitted out with PPE clothing and safety equipment, dozens of communication devices (UHF radios) have been handed out, six quick fill pumps have been purchased and placed strategically around the island to help in future fire situations, and this year, they are still handing out 150 woollen blankets and first aid kits to better prepare the KI community for future disaster.

This disaster resilience program has been hugely recognised and Sabrina’s fundraising efforts after facing adversity have been awarded with many media appearances and accolades. She has been honoured as the SA Women Advertiser and Sunday Mail 2021 Community Champion, as well as being named in the 2021 South Australian Women Honour Roll by her Excellency, Governor Francis Adamson for her work in rebuilding communities and resilience after disaster.

The Humans of Kangaroo Island book received more than 380 pre-orders before the release date on the 10th November and has now also been inducted into the parliamentarian library in Adelaide.

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This 78-page glossy hardcover book shares stories about local Kangaroo Islanders and their journeys before, during and after, the 2020 Black Summer fires and through the covid pandemic.

Funded through a Community Enterprise Foundation grant, the not-for-profit online project Humans of Kangaroo Island was able to produce a book version of the popular stories and raise funds to benefit the island’s community. The majority of book proceeds flow back into Kangaroo Island and help the fire-devastated sports club, Western Districts, to purchase play equipment for children to use in the future and for generations to come.

Sabrina Davis started the project in August 2020 because she felt a need to re-connect, uplift and inspire her community after the devastating Black Summer fires, during which her family was one of the many that lost their livelihood and their home on the 3rd of January 2020.

‘Relocated into new communities, we were cleaning up our land and starting to rebuild, all in our little isolation bubbles and without much contact to other community members, friends and neighbours. I felt the need to talk about this big gap Covid-19 had created during our recovery and the importance of shared storytelling quickly shone through, with our page gaining a large following in its first month.’

In November 2020 Sabrina decided to use the page’s new popularity to make an impact in her community and started to tell the stories of 11 local farm firefighters, alongside holding a fundraiser to help re-equip 100 unsung local heroes with PPE kits and safety equipment.

In a very short time, estimated funds of $13,000 were raised and a whopping total of over $60,000 eventually came into the fund. Now, over 225 local firefighters have been kitted out with PPE clothing and safety equipment, dozens of communication devices (UHF radios) have been handed out, six quick fill pumps have been purchased and placed strategically around the island to help in future fire situations, and this year, they are still handing out 150 woollen blankets and first aid kits to better prepare the KI community for future disaster.

This disaster resilience program has been hugely recognised and Sabrina’s fundraising efforts after facing adversity have been awarded with many media appearances and accolades. She has been honoured as the SA Women Advertiser and Sunday Mail 2021 Community Champion, as well as being named in the 2021 South Australian Women Honour Roll by her Excellency, Governor Francis Adamson for her work in rebuilding communities and resilience after disaster.

The Humans of Kangaroo Island book received more than 380 pre-orders before the release date on the 10th November and has now also been inducted into the parliamentarian library in Adelaide.

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