I’m working on a unique project this week-end. The Australian branch of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has put out a call for help with creating mittens for koalas which were hurt in the recent bushfires here in Australia.
Koalas are one of the worst casualties of bushfires. On a normal day, they spend about 18 hours asleep in the fork of a tree and even when fully awake, they are slow-moving creatures with a top speed of only 10 kilometres an hour. In a fast moving fire front, they are often the first to perish.
Koalas with burns to their paws need to have them treated with burn cream and wrapped in bandages. They then need special cotton mittens to cover the dressings. All this needs changing daily so the IFAW is asking people to help by sewing koala mittens – as many as they can, before the fire season truly hits.
My quilting friends and I are answering the call to help these wonderful creatures.