Lifeview Residents Get Crafty For a Cause

on the Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Residents at Lifeview are deeply saddened by the bushfires that continue to burn across Australia and are destroying our native wildlife. 

Eager to be of help and to do their part, residents have chosen to knit, sew, crochet and build much needed animal rescue items for the wildlife that have been injured or orphaned by the fires.

“After consulting with residents about how they would like to help, they have overwhelmingly voted to put their craft skills to the fore and create protective pouches, blankets, bat wraps, bird nests, possum boxes, koala mittens and other snuggly homes for marsupials made homeless by the fires,” said Peter Reilly, Director of Lifeview.

Many Lifeview residents are well skilled in knitting, sewing and woodwork craft, and are happy to know their latest craft project is helping a good cause.

The project has been in response and aligned to a call-for-assistance from the Animal Rescue Craft Guild – a 100% volunteer-run charity creating and supplying materials for rescue groups and carers across the country.

Residents have also been making fauna/wildlife food balls to provide nourishment for animals with little to no natural food sources left. So far 300 food balls have been made by Willow Wood residents and delivered to the Bayside Community Emergency Relief Group for distribution to fire affected areas.

“We see these endeavours as long-term projects and will continue with our efforts for the next couple of months as a minimum,” said Mr Reilly.

An estimated 1 billion animals have been killed by the unrelenting bushfires and more than 8.5 million hectares of Australian land destroyed. These unprecedented numbers mean the bushfire crisis is far from over.

“Lifeview is also looking to create further initiatives to help as best we can as the full impact of this fire season unfolds,” added Mr Reilly.

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