With the tragic bushfires that have occurred across NSW, regional Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia, communities have come together to help animals that have been affected during this time.
WWF, World Wildlife Foundation, has reported that there have been around 1.25 billion animals killed across Australia to date. This includes many iconic animals such as koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, cockatoos and honeyeaters, meanwhile there are still many animals injured and homeless.
On Thursday, 16 January, volunteers came from across Melbourne to help donate their time to make pouches for wildlife and bat wraps.These pouches and bat wraps help in transporting animals and act as safe place for animals to recover and heal from their injuries. We had over 40 people attend the event and many more donate materials. Volunteers helped by cutting, sewing and sharing a laugh with each other. There was an influx of donated fabric and other handmade items to help with the cause. Everyone’s hard work on the day resulted in over 75 bat wraps ready to go, 50 large pouches to go and with more than 300 items cut to be sewn. A fantastic effort by everyone!
These items are now on their way to triage tents in Gippsland to help with the recovery of our native animals. For anyone interested in helping, getting patterns or more information drop into Thomastown Library’s Textile and Craft Makerspace.