Tour guide Nikki Redman helps raise $107,000 for Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund

Nikki Redman like everyone on Kangaroo Island is dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, losing her own income as a tour guide.

Nikki Redman like everyone on Kangaroo Island is dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, losing her own income as a tour guide.

Tour guide Nikki Redman helped raise just over $107,000 for the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Fund.

Ms Redman set up one of the first KI bushfire related GoFundMe accounts on January 4, the day after the Ravine Fire destroyed the western end of the Island.

"I started the fund as many of my international guests were contacting me saying they didn't want to do bank transfers," she said.

"I had a hope to raise limit of $10,000, so I'm totally blown away with the result."

Nikki Redman's GoFundMe account.

Nikki Redman's GoFundMe account.

This week she closed the account and deposited $107,823, after the website fees, into the account managed by the Kangaroo Island Council.

The fund raised a total of about $5 million, $2 million of which has been been allocated to those who lost lives, property or livelihoods in the bushfire.

Ms Redman thanked everyone, who made all the generous donations.

Mayor Michael Pengilly, also thanked everyone who donated and Ms Redman for setting up the account.

He was just on his way into Kingscote to oversee the latest allocation of funds.

Mr Pengilly said 350 applications for assistance had been met so far and another 26 were being approved this afternoon, March 27.

Applications were still coming in and there were about 200 still to process, a process that would continue despite coronavirus.

Ms Redman meanwhile is now dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, losing her own income as a tour guide again, after tourism ceased during the fires.

"It's been a terrible start to the year, to top it off I had to farewell my dog and best friend Bluey last week, which was devastating," she said.

"All a bit full-on for all of us, this coronavirus, but I guess we're all on the same boat let's just hope it's over soon.

"The donations for the fund came from all over the world and some very generous Australian businesses too.

"It's beautiful to see the generosity of people, let's hope in this new crisis we can still love, care and respect each other. We've already been through a lot."

Digger the puppy on the beach.

Digger the puppy on the beach.

She now has a new puppy called Digger and you can follow his antics on his own Facebook page Digger's Adventures

Ms Redman is also an amazing nature photographer and the moderator of the Kangaroo Island - Nature's Paradise page.

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