by George Clark
Volunteers descended on the Timaru Sewing Centre last weekend to give fabric and sew pouches for animals caught in Australia’s ongoing bushfires.
About a dozen crafts people formed a production line of sewers, cutters and ironers to make 88 items for the bushfire relief efforts, including wallaby day bags, kangaroo day bags, lined joey bags for wallabies and kangaroos, flat bat wraps, and “inner” pouches.
Timaru Sewing Centre director Linda Butler said being able to help in a direct way had been emotionally healing.
“It’s absolutely heartbreaking what’s happening and we wanted to do something more than donate money, something more tangible. it felt like we were contributing more.”
Linking in with the Timaru District Library, the items were to be dispatched on Wednesday.
With advice received that no further crafts are needed from New Zealand, the surplus of donated fabrics is likely to be used to make warmers for stray cats at the SPCA.