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'Chillers' story on Kangaroo Island captures readers' hearts

CHILLERS' AWARD: Skye Childs accepts the People's Choice Award on behalf of her dad Stephen "Chiller" Childs, with the support of Sabrina Davis, who wrote up his story. Photo supplied

CHILLERS' AWARD: Skye Childs accepts the People's Choice Award on behalf of her dad Stephen "Chiller" Childs, with the support of Sabrina Davis, who wrote up his story. Photo supplied

Skye Childs accepts the People's Choice Award on behalf of her dad.

Skye Childs accepts the People's Choice Award on behalf of her dad.

Steven Childs won the hearts of many with his story being selected as the People's Choice winner in the Regional Showcase Awards.

The awards were announced on Nov.19 at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, along with the 2021 Agricultural Town of the Year, Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula.

This year, more than 100 Regional Showcase stories were published from every region of South Australia, covering everything from people starting new businesses to finding unique ways to help their communities.

From these stories, a number were picked for individual awards by the program's generous sponsors and 20 stories were put to a public vote to decide the People's Choice Award.

The award, presented by InDaily publisher Solstice Media, was won by Kangaroo Island farmer Steven Childs for his resilience in the face of true adversity.

His story reported by KI journalist Sabrina Davis, whose Humans of Kangaroo Island project was also covered in Regional Showcase, and told the story of how Stephen has continued to farm despite being a quadriplegic and losing his farm to the KI bushfires.

Stephen couldn't be there on the night, but his daughter Skye Childs proudly accepted the award on his behalf.

Sabrina and Cathie at the awards.

Sabrina and Cathie at the awards.

Sabrina the author with holding her finalist award for the story on Humans of Kangaroo Island.

Sabrina the author with holding her finalist award for the story on Humans of Kangaroo Island.

Sabrina, who attended with Cathie Tydeman, said it was a great night and they "had a ball".

The awards night also honoured the 2021 Agricultural Town of the Year, a program run by the SA government.

Having shortlisted the towns to five rural centres through a public vote and then sending a judging panel to each of the finalists, Kimba was announced as the AgTown of the Year.

The frontier town will be honoured with a celebration event in 2022 and will receive signs to post at the town limits to celebrate their win.

Parndana was shortlisted but narrowly missed out on the win.

CHILL DUDE: KI farmer Steven Childs has not lost his smile even while battling a series of life-changing setbacks. Photo: Sabrina Davis.

CHILL DUDE: KI farmer Steven Childs has not lost his smile even while battling a series of life-changing setbacks. Photo: Sabrina Davis.

Awards booklet.

Awards booklet.

The Regional Showcase program runs all year long and celebrates the achievements of individuals, groups and businesses that have made significant contributions to regional South Australia.

The objective of the Regional Showcase program is to put a spotlight on regional South Australia by uncovering, telling and showcasing the stories of success.

These stories are published to a local, national and international audience to grow knowledge of the regions and uncover opportunities for economic investment and growth.

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