I’ve found that if there’s anything that gets charity knitters excited, it’s the opportunity to knit for animals. It’s understandable; after all, animals are probably the most helpless creatures on earth. Animals can’t advocate for themselves, even when they are adults! So when we hear of a way we can help them, we’re excited to participate. The charity knitting opportunity I’d like to introduce to you today comes all the way from Victoria in Australia. And it’s a way to help some of the most adorable animals: marsupials, including kangaroos, possums, koalas, wombats, and wallabies!
About Wildlife Victoria
Wildlife Victoria, in its own words, is “a charity organisation committed to reducing the suffering of wildlife by providing an emergency response service for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife across Victoria. This vital community service is supported by over 1,500 trained and experienced volunteers, other wildlife groups and generous vets.” In a typical year, Wildlife Victoria offers assistance to tens of thousands of animals, both saving their lives and providing guidance to the communities of these animals on how best to handle the wildlife situations. Remarkably, Wildlife Victoria receives absolutely no governmental support; all of its work is funded by donors.
How You Can Help
Of course, as with any charity, you can help by supporting Wildlife Victoria financially and by spreading the word. However, charity knitters have a delightful way that they can assist: by knitting pouches and sewing liners for orphaned joeys. When joeys (the offspring of any marsupial) are orphaned, they lose an essential part of their growth and development: the warmth and comfort of their mothers’ pouches. A knitted woolen pouch, combined with a cotton liner, helps keep these baby animals warm and comfortable as they are cared for by Wildlife Victoria volunteers. Check out this page; under the heading “Joey Pouches & Pouch Liners,” click the link that will lead you to instructions for knitting and sewing the pouches and their liners. They are needed for all sizes of marsupials, from kangaroos to possums, so you can knit whatever size you feel capable of knitting. This is a great project for a charity crafting group, particularly if you’re not confident at sewing. Some members can knit pouches, while others can sew liners. Also, if you or friends happen to be handy at woodworking, nest boxes happen to be another way you can help Wildlife Victoria. These are used as homes for orphaned possums and gliders, both while they are growing up and upon their release into the wild. Check out the section “Nest Boxes” in the same page linked earlier. This is a wonderful opportunity for animal lovers to help out wildlife that is so essential to the Australian ecosystem. It’s an especially great charity knitting project for Australians, but if you love animals, you can participate from anywhere!