Another year and another exciting Kiss Goodbye to MS expedition – Surviving the Tiwi Islands! The challenge of this fundraiser is to live self-sufficiently off the land. In other words hunt and gather most of our food, survive the crocs, Giant Crocodile in NT
snakes, wild boars, jellyfish & every other dangerous Australian animal. This might get interesting though as our only food source so far has been the local supermarket and we don’t seem to be very successful at fishing either. During our Murray River Expedition last year we only managed to catch one fish. The main lesson I hope to come home with though is an appreciation for nature and all she provides for us.

Tiwi Islands Land Council

We couldn’t be more grateful to the Tiwi Islands Land Council and community for allowing us to be guests on their land. We have been corresponding with them for the past few months in preparing for our 2016 Kiss Goodbye to MS fundraiser and look forward to bringing all our experiences to our followers once again via the blog. The plan is that an elder will spend time with us the first week in learning how to hunt and gather and thereafter we will attempt to Tiwi artsurvive ourselves with little assistance.

Tiwi Islands Expedition blog

It is expected that mainland Australians will be so inspired by our daily blog and amazing photos taken by my husband Kiam once again that people will feel motivated to make a donation in the hope of one day finding a cure for this insidious disease. But don’t worry if you miss the blogs as at the conclusion of our adventure will be producing a book and short film with proceeds going toward MS research. While I’m sure our blogs will most likely will be comical, reflective and display beautiful scenery I hope to also highlight the many challenges for someone living with MS symptoms as I cope with Island life and the many challenges it will pose such as the humidity and isolation with very little creature comforts. Tiwi Islands wetlandSo stay tuned for the commencement of our journey as we head off on the 27th August with our car & boat on the 3,800kms long road trip up the centre of this great country of ours to Darwin and then across 90kms by barge to the beautiful Tiwi Islands.Arial view of Tiwi Islands


Romany · 22 July 2016 at 10:02 am

I can’t believe it has come around so quickly! You are an inspiration ? stay safe x

Kate · 22 July 2016 at 7:25 pm

How exciting!!!

Jennifer Young · 25 September 2016 at 7:15 pm

Hi Jasmine and family,

Good to see you are having a great trip. It looks like an amazing cultural experience! I look forward to hearing all about it when you return to school. Steer clear of Crocs!

-Miss Young

Penny Worrall · 28 September 2016 at 11:18 pm

Hi Dianne,Kiam and Jasmine,
So inspired by you all! Looks like a real adventure…be sure to stay safe and I am sure you will raise a lot for such a worthy cause….to find a cure for M.S !!
Thinking of you all
Penny Worrall

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Day 37 – Finished – Murray M

Murray River Expedition

Kiss Goodbye to MS family portrait

Tiwi Islands Expedition