Funding raised through Bendigo Bank's South Australian Bushfire Appeal has aided the creation of a printed publication telling stories of Kangaroo Island and its residents.
The Community Enterprise Foundation Bendigo and Adelaide Bank raised more than $400,000 to make a difference to bushfire-affected communities from Kangaroo Island to the Adelaide Hills, as part of its appeal.
At the beginning of 2021, Humans of Kangaroo Island was successful in securing grant funding through the Community Enterprise Foundation and became one of the projects with a focus on short-term recovery, to support resilience, rebuilding and strengthening communities.
The funds aided the creation of 'Humans of Kangaroo Island' stories, recording this period in time when things have been tough and people needed to be more resilient.
Sabrina Davis, the publisher and creative talent behind the project, said she was passionate about it.
"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," she said.
"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 pandemic."
She said it was something that could be enjoyed for "generations to come".
Ms Davis said this was storytelling at its best - "raw and authentic" - and was a great gift idea for residents and visitors of Kangaroo Island, as well as friends and family members elsewhere, and general story lovers.
The book is an opportunity to find out more about the people who make Kangaroo Island unique, and support a worthy island cause at the same time.
Ms Davis said sales of this story collection would benefit the Kangaroo Island community.
A 78-page coffee table style book, it is now available for pre-order on the project's website, at humansofkangarooisland.com, and will be published on November 10.
Residents and visitors can then purchase the hardcover book from many retail locations across the island, as listed on the website.
An eBook version is also available for purchase and download from November 24, on the website and from online booksellers.
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