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Australia: Volunteer Firefighters Get Unique Fundraising Help

The effort tells island residents’ stories and has raised more than double what it set out to do

By Brooke Neindorf and Gabriella Marchant, ABC.Net

Kangaroo Island farmer Sabrina Davis did not expect 2020 to be as devastating as it has been.

“The fires last summer were obviously something we’ve never seen before on the island,” she said.

Ms Davis lost everything in the catastrophic fires that burned through nearly half of Australia’s largest coastal island off South Australia in early January.

Her husband was one of many volunteer farm firefighting units who joined official Country Fire Service volunteers on the frontline.

Related: How to Donate to Australian Volunteer Firefighters

So this month Ms David decided she would use her Facebook page, Humans of Kangaroo Island, to raise some money.

Ms Davis started the Humans of Kangaroo Island page when she was forced to move after losing her home to the fires.

The page features the personal stories of the island’s residents, alongside portraits of them, and was a way for her to get to know her new community.

She said the coronavirus pandemic made her even more determined to create the Facebook page.

Read the full story here.

Images: Sabrina Davis

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