Aged care residents’ pouches help bushfire victims recover

AUSTRALIA'S wildlife had its world turned upside down with the recent bushfires, with many native animals requiring a helping hand and a safe place to recover from trauma.

For some animals, that means a soft, comfortable pouch where they can rest and recuperate, and the demand for pouches has been high.

Residents at Lutheran Services' St Paul's aged care and retirement community in Caboolture have answered the need. Their knitting needles and sewing machines have been furiously turning out pouches for animals that were injured in the bushfires and are being cared for by Wildcare Australia.

The Lutheran Services residents' group has been meeting weekly to make more than 20 flannelette pouches and seven knitted pouches. Animals from joeys, possums, gliders and bandicoots to kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and wombats will be housed in the pouches donated to Wildcare Australia.

 

Ray Barlow and Val Hyde.
Ray Barlow and Val Hyde.

 

Wildcare looks after sick, injured and orphaned wildlife rescued from south of Gympie to the New South Wales border and west to the Toowoomba range.

"At the start of every year, we host a brainstorming session about what the residents would like to sew, and they enjoy best sewing things for a greater cause or purpose," said Natalee Webber, creative programs and volunteer coordinator at St Paul's.

"With the devastating fires last year, the residents decided to focus their efforts on the bushfire appeal.

"We understand that each animal needs at least 30 flannelette pouches as the lining needs to be changed after every feed, so we are planning to continue making many more of these each week.''

They also organised a raffle of their handmade goods, which raised $220 for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Using flannelette donated by staff members, families and independent living residents, the group will continue to make prem gowns and cuddle hearts for babies in hospital paediatric intensive care units.


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