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Volunteer Katrina Gilligan with one of the rescued possums that the residents will help keep warm. Photo: Supplied

Residents craft possum pouches to help out rescue group

Forget the usual knitted fare of socks, blankets and throws, Queensland aged care residents have been busy crafting pouches for possums and other native wildlife rescued by a local animal welfare group.

Seasons Aged Care’s community manager Janet Norman said baby season hit the region hard this year and the wildlife group had been experiencing an extremely busy time on the rescue front.

So Kelly Rouse, lifestyle coordinator from Seasons Aged Care at Kallangur, reached out to the Bribie & District Wildlife Rescue Inc – which rescues, rehabilitates and releases native wildlife – to offer help.

Rouse said she and some of the residents shared common interests, including crocheting and knitting, as well as a soft spot for wild animals.

Six months later, when the pouches were finished and the volunteers travelled down to the facility to collect the handiwork, they brought along couple of little possums in care so the residents could meet the animals they’d be helping keep warm.

Ellen Fox pictured with the group’s handiwork. Photo: Seasons Aged Care

Residents Mavis Ford, Ellen Fox, Nell Barr, Marlene Brittain and Valerie Nielsen presented the volunteers with the pouches and liners they created.

Norman said residents loved hearing that their work was making a difference and were looking forward to continuing to help out the rescue group. “It’s just going to skyrocket from here on out,” Rouse added.

Bribie & District Wildlife Rescue took to Facebook to give its thanks. “On arrival to Seasons Aged Care at Kallangur we were greeted by lovely residents who had taken the time to sew and crochet or knit these pouches.

“They were all so happy and smiling and interested in what we do. It filled our hearts with love and happiness. Animals certainly have the ability to bring happiness to many people.

“As a group, we are forever grateful to community members who offer to help in various ways and who support us in our sometimes challenging volunteer work.”

Resident Eileen Marsden. Photo: Supplied

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