October 23rd, 2020

Sewing for Australia’s critters


By Submitted Article on January 24, 2020.

Submitted by Palliser

Regional Schools

It may seem a world away, but students from R.I. Baker Middle School in Coaldale are reaching out to help those affected by Australia’s overwhelming bushfires.

They’ve been busy sewing wildlife pouches to provide comfort for the many animals impacted by the flames, smoke and the devastation of their habitat. Teacher Deanna Smith proposed the charitable effort after a social media call to action from the Canadian Animal Rescue Craft Guild.

Smith taught for a year in Australia and she and her husband fell in love with the country, its people and its wildlife. She was looking for a way to lend a hand during their time of need, and thought the wildlife pouch project could incorporate students’ sewing and leadership skills.

The Grade 7 Fashion class challenged the community to help out, and Smith said they’ve received support through fabric donations and an offer to ship the items.

While the R.I. Baker students made the XL version for larger kangaroo joeys, there is also a need for rescue pouches for other critters including wallabies, possums and koalas.

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