“Humans of Kangaroo Island started as a distraction for me after going through a disaster in early 2020. I didn’t want to think about the bushfire and being homeless anymore, I wanted to hear some positive stories.”
After losing everything in the Black Summer fires and having to relocate to a town 100 kilometres away, I felt unsettled and lost. I decided to get to know my new community and neighbours by chatting with them over a cuppa.
A few chats in, I realised how much this was helping me, it was becoming a big part of my healing journey after adversity. I hoped to bring everyone back together, bring the community a little bit closer, so I decided to put this project online, make it accessible to everyone and call it Humans of Kangaroo Island.
The idea was to re-connect community members after the 2019/20 bushfires, get to know each other on a different level and close the gap COVID-19 created shortly after the fires with restrictions slowing down our disaster recovery process.
I love storytelling and hoped to make an impact within our community in this very unique way.
Humans of Kangaroo Island has since told many islander stories and is creating a positive impact. A fundraiser for the local farm firefighters raised over $60,000 in November 2020.