Sewing support for furry bushfire victims

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Local sewers have joined forces designing and sewing fabric creations to help treat and rehabilitate bushfire affected wildlife.
Camera IconLocal sewers have joined forces designing and sewing fabric creations to help treat and rehabilitate bushfire affected wildlife. Credit: Chloe Fraser

A sewing group has combined their talents to help treat and rehabilitate wildlife devastated by bushfires on the east coast.

Dozens of women made fabric creations in all shapes and sizes in the Sew for their Lives sewing bee at the Lark Hill Sporting Complex on Friday, creating about 500 pouches for wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies.

Organiser Krystal Hyland said she was sad to see the effects of the bushfires.

“I was feeling quite powerless and helpless,” she said. “I have a lot of family living over east in the affected areas and wanted to do something to help.

“I came across some people who were sewing for the cause and thought ‘that’s something I can get around’. So I decided to get a group together.”

Ms Hyland thought she’d only get about 10 participants, but nearly 50 turned up.

While they bought some of the fabric, some was donated by a handful of local businesses.

Ms Hyland said the items would be transported to a small wildlife sanctuary based in South Australia for distribution.

“It’s been so good to see everyone jump on board,” she said.

“The response has been great and I’m hoping I can make this an ongoing event.”

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