Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Sweaters For Injured Penguins.

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Alfred is the oldest man in Australia.

He spends most of his days knitting mini-sweaters for the little penguins.

Alfred Date, known as “Alfie” explained that he had been unable to say “no” his whole life.

So, when we offered him this project, he immediately accepted!

These sweaters were commissioned by the Phillip Island Penguin Foundation in Australia. Look :

a man knits sweaters for sick penguins

Indeed, after an oil spill that took place in 2013, it was necessary to help the little penguins to survive by staying warm.

It is a species that is only found in southern Australia and New Zealand.

Only 32,000 remain on Phillip Island.

The 109-year-old lives in a nursing home on the south coast.

Nurses at the retirement home knew about his knitting skills.

So they asked her to knit sweaters for the penguins.

It was a request he couldn’t refuse.

Using the thick wool provided by the nurses, Alfie put his 80 years of knitting experience to good use and got to work immediately.

this man knits sweaters for sick penguins

Alfie learned to knit after making a baby jacket for his nephew in the 1930s.

Then he honed his skills with his seven children and 20 grandchildren, and about as many great-grandchildren.

According to an article on The Daily Telegraph in 2014, Alfie remembers the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the outbreak of world wars.

He also told the newspaper his secret of longevity: it is simply to “wake up every morning.”

Donations of small penguin sweaters were received from all over the world.

The foundation claims that “it’s not very fashionable” but it helps the little penguins who have been affected by the oil spill.

Oil sticks to their feathers, allowing water to penetrate to the skin. The cold seized them then.

In addition, they are no longer able to hunt. They are therefore doomed.

penguins wearing a sweater after an oil spill

When the oiled penguins arrive at the foundation, they are given a small jacket to wear.

Thus, they do not swallow the toxins that are on their feathers.

In 2001, 438 penguins were affected by an oil spill on Phillip Island.

Thanks to their sweaters, 96% of the penguins were saved, according to the foundation’s website.

The center now has “enough penguin sweaters knitted by generous donors around the world.” So no need to send new ones!

Today, Alfie protects his hands from aging by knitting scarves for his friends and small hats for premature babies.

In the end, it’s a pretty good thing Alfie never knew how to say “no”, don’t you think?

Today, alas, Alfie passed away.

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