Why Humans of Kangaroo Island fundraise

“When you love people and have the desire to make a profound, positive impact upon the world, then will you have accomplished the meaning to live.”

~ Sasha Azevedo


How YOU can help

If you would like to support the Kangaroo Island community in their bushfire recovery and give towards our fundraising efforts, please contact us directly or purchase one of the DONATE or SUPPORT items in the shop.

Update on 29 January 2022

Humans of Kangaroo Island Book

Total funds raised so far: $10,045.00

Since the release of the Humans of Kangaroo Island hardcover book on the 10th November 2021, we have sold over 500 copies through the website and via retail shops. The funds raised so far will go towards the rebuild of a playground at fire-devastated Western Districts Sports Centre.

Update on 30 November 2021

Kangaroo Island Farm Firefighters Fundraiser

Total funds raised: $62,310.00

On the 28th November 2021, Humans of Kangaroo Island once again supported the local CFS with their annual FFU (farm firefighting unit) induction day at the Parndana Oval.

The remaining funds from our 2020/21 fundraiser have helped purchase 150 woollen blankets and 150 first aid kits for local farm firefighters to keep in their vehicles to better equip, prepare and protect them during future fires.

Thank you to everyone who donated towards this cause last year and this year. Special mention to our biggest supporters: The Hospital Research Foundation, Rotary International, Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action and Dusty the Dog. Beer sales of ‘Dusty Draught’ at the Pirate Life Brewery helped raise $3,500 towards our fire blankets.

Update on 5 November 2021

Humans of Kangaroo Island Book Fundraiser

The first Humans of Kangaroo Island book is now out – as a glossy 78-page hardcover and eBook version.

Our fundraising book tells the stories of island residents and gives an insight into their journey and experiences before, during and after the fires and through the pandemic. This coffee table book gives you a glimpse into island life whilst making an impact. Sales of this story collection will benefit the Kangaroo Island community.

The hardcover coffee table book is out on the 10th of November 2021

Update on 11 October 2021

Humans of Kangaroo Island Film and Literature Festival Fundraiser

Total funds raised: $4,913.55

The Humans of Kangaroo Island Film and Literature Festival was a way to bring together our community, residents and visitors alike, to showcase local talent and celebrate our recovery and resilience. Over the three-day-event we showed projects about mental health challenges, physical health problems, fire recovery, business resilience and a focus on children.

The proceeds of this event are going towards a play space in the new Parndana Community Children’s Centre which will provide a vital service for the heartland of the island, a childcare and holiday program this region out west never had before.

This event has been made possible by funding from the Kangaroo Island Tourism Alliance, Country SA PHN, Junction Australia and The Australian Red Cross. Thank you to the Fleurieu Film Festival for their collaboration.

Update on 30 June 2021

Kangaroo Island Farm Firefighters Fundraiser

Total funds raised: $62,310.00

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.

Humans of Kangaroo Island is still receiving funds for the Farm Firefighters Fundraiser from multiple generous donors and have also been able to financially support the Lang family in purchasing a plaque for the Playford Highway memorial commemorating Dick and Clayton Lang’s ultimate sacrifice during the 2019/20 fires.

Update on 15 February 2021

Kangaroo Island Farm Firefighters Fundraiser

Total funds raised: $59,260.00

Humans of Kangaroo Island have now also equipped 20 farm firefighters who lost their communication devices in the 2019/20 bushfires with replacement UHF’s and car kits. Six strategically located Quick fill pumps have now also been placed around the island to help the community in a severe fire season again. See the map to find the pump closest to you, and contact the caretaker of the pump if you are in need of assistance during a fire. Thank you to The Hospital Research Foundation for their ongoing support and generous donation towards this project. Also a big thank you to KI locals Brad Jamieson from Jamieson Marine and Peter Ingram from Ingram’s Home and Hardware for helping me organise and hand out the pumps and UHFs. There is no I in team and I couldn’t do it without your support which is very much appreciated.

Update on 7 December 2020

Kangaroo Island Farm Firefighters Fundraiser

In November 2020, Humans of Kangaroo Island told the stories of 11 local farm firefighters who have experienced incredible hardship and challenges throughout the 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires. Alongside these stories, fundraising raised a total of $59,260 in just over two months with the help of auctions, many business and private supporters and generous donations from partners. Humans of Kangaroo Island successfully equipped 150 farm firefighters with PPE clothing and safety equipment on the 6th of December 2020.

If you would like to support our fundraisers or have a collaboration idea that will help the greater community, please get in touch.