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Dutch Community Have Been Making Mittens For Bushfire Affected Koalas

Dutch Community Have Been Making Mittens For Bushfire Affected Koalas

The world has been watching in horror as bushfires consume parts of Australia.

Four people have died, hundreds of homes have been lost and hundreds more wildlife have perished in the blazes. At lot of attention has been paid to the koalas that have either been 'incinerated' to death or badly burned.

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People have thrown more than $1 million towards fundraisers to help the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital get the marsupial population get back on its feet.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital/Facebook
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital/Facebook

But there are people overseas who are helping in a different way.

A Dutch community has banded together to help sew mittens for koalas and pouches for joeys who have sustained burns to their little paws or lost their mums.

Quilter Jeltje van Essen from Quiltship 100 Rozen in the city of Deventer has organised the campaign and got people to help out.

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She's SBS Dutch: "I have the time, I have the material and I have the people."

Credit: IFAW
Credit: IFAW

They've so far sewed more than 400 mittens and 100 pouches for the koalas and joeys in Australia that are being rehabilitated.

Jeltje adds: "I always want to have a smile on a face, and I know how hard it is to work with animals that are sick, or children that are sick.

"If you then have a mitten with a pattern of a koala or another beautiful pattern, it generates a smile on a face. That's what I hope for. So we have used the best cotton you can find with lovely fabrics."

After spending hours making the special koala mittens, the first shipment is ready to be sent to Australia.

The team making them have convinced Royal Dutch Airlines KLM to take a box with the mittens and pouches to Kuala Lumpur, and then afterwards they will be transferred to Brisbane via a Qantas flight.

Featured Image Credit: Jeltje van Essen/Facebook

Topics: Community, Animals, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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