KI residents grateful for MiniJumbuck doona donation from the South East

DOONA DROP-OFF: Kate Murray and Steph Wurst take delivery of new MiniJumbuck doona sets from Grant Flanagan from the Kangaroo Island bushfire recovery centre at Parndana. Photo supplied
DOONA DROP-OFF: Kate Murray and Steph Wurst take delivery of new MiniJumbuck doona sets from Grant Flanagan from the Kangaroo Island bushfire recovery centre at Parndana. Photo supplied

KI residents who lost their homes in the bushfires were kept warm over the winter thanks to the generosity of the Naracoorte and Lucindale communities.

About 100 MiniJumbuck doona sets were delivered to about 60 Kangaroo families, earlier this year at the start of winter, when some were living in Minderoo pods, sheds and vans.

The 'Dollars 4 Doonas' campaign, which was launched in March, raised $70,000 for families who were affected by bushfires on Kangaroo Island, as well as Keilira, Adelaide Hills and Yorke Peninsula.

Naracoorte business MiniJumbuk spearheaded the campaign, offering to manufacture and donate a $350 bedding package - consisting of a wool quilt and two wool pillows - for every $50 raised by the community.

FAVOURITE DRAWING: The drawing of a tractor by Sid from Naracoorte Primary School was a favourite of the recovery centre staff on Kangaroo Island.

FAVOURITE DRAWING: The drawing of a tractor by Sid from Naracoorte Primary School was a favourite of the recovery centre staff on Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island Recovery Centre manager Anna Osmon helped coordinate the distribution of the doona sets.

"We've heard back from people, including our pod dwellers, how luxurious it was to have a king-size doona to snuggle into and keep toasty warm," she said. "It was a really generous gesture and made a big difference."

Included in each doona set was a hand-drawn artwork by students from the South East, which was a special touch that many families have added to their belongings.

"The Recovery Centre would like to acknowledge and thank Victoria Riggs from MiniJumbuck and also KI Freight Services for allowing us to store the doonas at their Parndana depot," Ms Osmon said.

NEW HOUSE: Jo and John Symons new house at Turkey Lane Merinos is almost ready to move into. Photo Stan Gorton

NEW HOUSE: Jo and John Symons new house at Turkey Lane Merinos is almost ready to move into. Photo Stan Gorton

Jo Symons from Turkey Lane Merinos has been saving her new doona set for when when she and husband John move into their new house, which is nearing completion.

Jo wrote to the young student whose artwork was included in the doona set and has since received a letter back from the school principal, thanking her for the letter.

She also written to and received a letter back from Victoria Riggs from MiniJumbuck, who she said used to live on KI.

Jo and her family have been long-time customers of MiniJumbuck and the woolen mattress topper she purchased at the Lucindale Field Days was destroyed when her house burned down.

She has since purchased a new cotton-lined woolen mattress topper, as well as sheets, and said she can't wait to get it all together in her new home.