Residents of the Wellesley knitted 30 pouches and micro pouches for injured animals in Australia. (File contributed/ Stephanie Lumley)

Victoria retirement home residents knit pouches for animals burned in Australian wildfires

Members of the Wellesley crafted pouches and micro pouches for koalas, joeys, sugar babies and more

Residents of a local retirement home banded together to help animals suffering from the Australian wildfires by capturing the power of its knitting and crochet club.

Seniors living at the Wellesley at 2800 Blanshard St. saw reports of the millions of animals that were killed, burned or displaced by the ongoing wildfires, which have reportedly ravaged more than 12 million acres of land.

“We have a regular knitting and crochet service at the Wellesley, and residents were talking about the wildfires,” explained Stephanie Lumley, recreation coordinator at the Wellesley.

“I noticed that there was a big shopping list of things that were needed for the animals and birds, so I asked residents if they wanted to help and they said yes.”

ALSO READ: Make pouches for orphaned Australian wildlife at a Langford quilt shop

Lumley brought in yarn while members of the community donated yarn and needles.

Fifteen ladies joined the group, and got to work straight away.

“A lot of the ladies don’t come to many of the programs, but the stories on the news really touched a lot of people. It was surprising to see some residents come to the program to help,” Lumley said. “They felt really good about it.”

ALSO READ: Australian couple staying in Metchosin says fires in their state double the size of Vancouver Island

The group chose to make pouches and micro pouches for sugar gliders, baby koalas and baby joeys, as well as sweaters for birds.

In three weeks, the group knitted 30 pouches which will be given to the Canadian Red Cross to distribute to local vets and communities. The pouches are likely to be sent out next week.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

AustraliaAustralia firesSeniors

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Patrick brothers who shaped modern hockey also tried, but failed, to remove violence

New history thesis shows efforts to sell a “clean game” in Oak Bay

Victoria man to run marathon after overcoming rare cancer diagnosis

Nigel Deacon was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2010

Burger sales bring in $5,000 to build Imagination Libraries in Greater Victoria

United Way of Greater Victoria and Big Wheel Burger team up to get kids reading

Donated sculpture in Sidney’s Beacon Park a testament to perseverance

Victoria artist Armando Barbon picked up sculpting 22 years ago

Greater Victoria businesses come together to help Island kids

Langford Lowe’s raises funds for youth mental health all month

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event in downtown Courtenay was part of wider event on Friday

Application deadline for fish harvester benefits program extended

Those financially impacted by the pandemic have until Oct. 5 to apply

Most Read