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HUMANS OF KANGAROO ISLAND

Stories of real islanders told by a fellow islander


Since starting the project in August 2020, hundreds of stories of islanders have been told to re-connect, uplift and inspire our community and the ones around us. Through raw and authentic storytelling, the project managed to raise over $65,000 for our island community to recover from devastating fires and through a pandemic.

As our little family recovers from the bushfires as well, I’d love to continue making Humans of Kangaroo Island without thinking about how to pay for it. So if you’re in a good place right now, and these stories have enriched your life, I hope you’ll consider contributing to its creation by joining the Patreon or ‘buying me a cuppa’ below. Thank you!


The Latest Posts

Ivy

“I grew up on a farm during the depression and met Tom the day I started work at a station. We both started on the same day, Tom as a station hand and me as a nanny and housemaid. I was about 16 or 17 years old. We quickly got friendly with each other andContinue reading “Ivy”

Korelle

“When I was living with Mum and Dad, we used to travel a lot and never really go to school. We would just travel around South Australia, up north, to Broken Hill, Oodnadatta, the Rock, places like that. We travelled in the car and drove around everywhere. I enjoyed the travelling very much because IContinue reading “Korelle”

Kiva

“I am six years old and was born here. Mum and Dad are from the USA and I’ve been there maybe a couple of times, but I don’t really remember it. Because we can’t visit right now, I miss my grandparents. I remember going to a house with a statue of the three little pigsContinue reading “Kiva”

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Summary of 2021

Told 53 stories

Held a community festival

Raised $62,310 for KI’s farm firefighters

Won Community Champion award at Advertiser/Sunday Mail SA Woman Awards

Sold 496 books in the first month after release

Handed out 150 woollen blankets and first aid kits to local farm firefighters

Raised $4,913.55 for local childcare centre

Handed out 75 more PPE kits to local farmers

Published a hardcover and eBook

Inducted into SA Women Honour Roll 2021 for rebuilding communities through storytelling

Purchased 6 quick fill pimps for the island in preparation for next fire

Raised $10,000 for fire-devastated sports club through book sales


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We have big news!

The fundraising book is out now

Out now: The Humans of Kangaroo Island Book

Sales of this story collection will benefit the KI community.

Hardcover coffee table book and eBook available NOW


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Fundraising to make an impact

Total funds raised: $67,223.55


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Update, 30th November 2021 – On the 28th November 2021, Humans of Kangaroo Island once again supported the local CFS with their annual FFU (farm firefighting unit) induction day and handed out 150 woollen blankets and 150 first aid kits to local farm firefighters to better equip, prepare and protect them during future fires.


Update, 11th October 2021 – Over a three-day event called the Humans of Kangaroo Island Film and Literature Festival, held in October in Parndana, we gave local talent a stage and showcased their projects such as short films, poetry, documentaries and book readings. Ticket sales went towards new play equipment at the Parndana Community Children’s Centre.


Update, 30th June 2021 – Thanks to the Hospital Research Foundation’s support and large donation, Humans of Kangaroo Island has now received and packed 75 more PPE kits and safety equipment for local farm firefighters which will be handed out over the next few weeks.


Update, 15th February 2021 – Humans of Kangaroo Island have now also equipped 20 farm firefighters who lost their communication device in the 2019/20 bushfires with replacement UHF’s and car kits. Six strategically located Quick fill pumps have been located around the island to help the community in a severe fire season again.


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People make a place. Kangaroo Island is a tight-knit community of hard-working, positive and self-motivated individuals from all parts of the world that keep inspiring each other every day in every way. Here you find people passionate about farming, food, art, animals and nature and you feel home in a heartbeat as you’re accepted into this warm and welcoming place.

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