Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Ben Fogle on Restoration Island




4-9-13: Dave has just been featured on the front page of the New Republic magazine in the US in a great article by Kent Russell. You can read the article by clicking on the link below.

"This Man Moved to a Desert Island in Order to Vanish. Here's What Happened"

To all those who were moved by Ben Fogle's TV documentary "New Lives In The Wild" on Chanel 5 in the UK and the New Republic article, and want to help him in his battle to remain on the island I've set up a crowd sourcing donations page here ....


The donations go directly to Dave, and he wishes all those that make donations to know he is grateful for their help. If he reaches his goal and can buy out the owner of the head lease the island will eventually be returned to the aboriginal people of Lockhart River.

Regards

Mr. Cheyenne Morrison - The Islomaniac

BEN FOGLE ON RESTORATION ISLAND

What would it be like to live a Robinson Crusoe existence on a tiny tropical island? Adventurer Ben Fogle finds out for the first of a series where he stays with people who have re-made lives in remote, wild corners of the earth.

Ben Fogle's "New Lives In The Wild" on Chanel 5

Each week, Ben spends time in one of the world’s most remote locations, meeting the people who now inhabit these inhospitable corners of the planet after leaving their ordinary lives behind.

Restoration Island, Australia

Former Sydney businessman, Dave Glasheen (69) lost $10 million in a single day in the stock market crash of 1987. He and his wife separated and his home was repossessed. With his last savings, Dave bought the lease on part of Restoration Island - and it's here he's learned to live like a voluntary castaway. This real-life Robinson Crusoe and his sole companion, dog Quasi, inhabit a 100 acre volcanic island. It's a 40 minute boat-ride away from Lockhart River - the most remote indigenous Aboriginal population in Australia. Ben learns to oyster pick, brew beer, trade fish and dance with the locals in one of the world's last remaining genuine wilderness areas.

We discover a man who lost everything once, but is set to lose it again - Dave is being evicted from his island home and is doing everything he can to stay. To see the full story Click Here

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/the-last-days-of-eden-20121008-277yi.html

34 comments:

  1. Great to see your island Dave! Looks like a great place and a great life! I hope you're able to continue to enjoy it! All the best from the Uk

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  2. Hi Dave, what a great island. I wish you and Quasi all the luck in the world. Love Australia and NZ

    Beer and Mermaids, fantastic

    All my best,

    Stu

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  3. Hope it all works out for you Dave, best of luck.

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  4. Really enjoyed the show. Admire this man and his philosophy hope he gets to stay and take care of this beautiful island

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  5. I really enjoyed watching the show (didn't want it to end). But I hope it all works out well for Dave and Quasi. All the best :)

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  6. Dave imagine the internet power and every human being donating just a english pound ..........come on people lets do this ......

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  7. We need that donation link paypal would do me thinks....save dave appeal......

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  8. This isn't just about saving an Island, or Dave's home, for that matter - it's about saving possibly one of the very last "untouched" natural resources in the World from otherwise becoming, as with most natural beauty spots these days, a commercial venture for yet more greedy investors, always wanting more meat on their bones. This World is for everyone to enjoy, and such enjoyment shouldn't have to come at a large premium, thereafter, exclusively for the Rich. I like the idea of people being able to just pull-up and say hello, and enjoy a little bit of "untouched", raw, natural beauty, coupled with, I would imagine, a great guide and man of the World who's somewhat of a national relic, and has experienced what many others will probably never experience on a few fronts. A great shame Russell Crowe didn't stick his hand in his pocket and chuck you a few hundred grand as a gesture in aid for such a cause. At the same time of trying to save the island, and offering tourist facilities to some extent, I would hope the Island would be maintained as it is - minimalistic, and not end up turning into one of these modern, over-indulgant places you see overdosed with chrome, plastic and glass - we've got enough of those, plain and simple all the way! You never know, all we can do is hope, I will be making a donation towards the cause. Come on peeps, keep those donations coming!!!

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  9. Dave, you don't need $500,000; you just need 500,000 empty bottles - see http://athomeatriverbend.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/plan-b.html

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  10. Hallo i wish i could live there on the eiland

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  11. dear Dave. I just saw the documentary of you and the lovely natives of the Island. Had I the money, I'd buy the whole island for ya! Shame on Australia for their continuessly harrasment and abuse of the natives: Aboriginals and natives like yourself! Bless you and all!

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  12. You're an inspiring man Dave. All the best from The Netherlands

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  13. I visited Restoration Island for a few days in July 1994. There was another caretaker at the time (John P.) It's a beautiful, unspoiled place.

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  32. omg!!! im off to see Dave....get that boat ready Dave I'm on my way........ how wonderful :) x

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