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"To feel all the locals love and support it's absolutely amazing"

"To feel all the locals love and support it's absolutely amazing"

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:00am 11th January 2020.

An Australian woman living in Hunstanton has been overwhelmed by the local support for her home country after devastating bushfires. 

Peta Steel set up a Facebook group called Love from Over the Pond earlier this week and it now has over 300 members. 

She's sewing pouches to send to Australia for the thousands of injured animals there.  

"I've spent many mornings and nights reading things and just in tears and feeling totally helpless.

It's devastating.

Every morning I wake up and I look at Facebook or I read the news reports and I've definitely got some personal friends who have been affected."

I don't know any other Australians living in Hunstanton.

So to be in another country, halfway around the world and to feel all the local's love and support it's mind-blowing and absolutely amazing.

It's a pretty special feeling" 

Experts say almost half a billion animals have perished in the bushfires, which are among the worst the country has ever seen.

Thousands of animals have been injured by the flames and are now being cared for by charities. 

Those who have survived the devastating fire now need comfy, snuggly new homes. 

That's how Peta is trying to help by sewing pouches for them to recover in.  

sewing for australia

Sewers and knitters can make pouches and wraps that can be made into joey pouches, koala mittens and bat wraps. 

It's part of an international movement by The Animal Rescue Craft Guild. 

The material has to be 100% natural fibres e.g cotton, bamboo, linen or blends of these as many on the animals have severe burns. 

Find the patterns here

If you'd like to help join Love from Over the Pond

Or Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild.

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