The Humans of Kangaroo Island project has celebrated resilience after adversity and has been shared through Instagram and Facebook storytelling. Started in August 2020 by fire-affected Kangaroo Island resident Sabrina Davis, the stories of islanders have uplifted, inspired and connected the community after first experiencing the Black Summer fires and then the restrictions of Covid-19 directly after. Nearly a year later, the project has thousands of followers, told many authentic islander stories and also made an impact. In November 2020, Sabrina set out to re-equip the island’s fire-devasted farm firefighters who lost their PPE clothing and ended up raising over $60,000 in three months, equipping over 225 firefighters and winning a Community Champion award recognising those efforts even when faced with adversity herself.
The Community Enterprise Foundation Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has raised more than $400,000 to make a difference to bushfire affected communities from Kangaroo Island to the Adelaide Hills, thanks to people supporting the Bendigo Bank’s South Australian Bushfire Appeal.
At the start of 2021, Humans of Kangaroo Island was successful in securing grant funding through the Community Enterprise Foundation and becoming one of the projects with a focus on short-term recovery, to support resilience, rebuilding and strengthening communities.
These funds aided the creation of a printed publication of Humans of Kangaroo Island stories, recording this period in time when things are tough and people needed to be more resilient.
Sabrina Davis, the publisher and creative talent, is passionate about the project. ‘By now I have told close to 100 stories of local islanders and continue to do so to make an impact and keep our community connected. I aim to record the diversity of our island within these stories. We have many different upbringings, talents and cultural backgrounds to offer. This book will showcase our island’s identity, culture and history. It will discuss happy and tough times in our lives, as well as challenges such as the fires and a pandemic. It can be enjoyed for generations to come,’ says Sabrina.
The elegant 78-page hardcover coffee table style book is published by Stories for Impact, will be released on the 10th of November and is available for pre-order on the project’s website on www.humansofkangarooisland.com as well as many popular retail and café locations around the island as listed on the website. An eBook version is also available for purchase from online booksellers and the website from the 24th of November 2021 onwards.
This is a great gift idea for residents and visitors of the island as well as off-shore friends and family members and general story lovers. Find out more about the people who make this place unique and special, get a glimpse into island life and support a worthy island cause at the same time.
Sabrina will donate the majority of the story collection sales towards yet another community initiative, this time supporting the severely fire-affected sports club Western Districts to fund playground equipment during their rebuild.