|A seriously fabulous jumper & a small selection in the background of what has arrived today.|
As this event has gone quite viral I just wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page.
We were asked by a third party to gather knitters to knit a small number of these jumpers for the wildlife teams, to have on hand for the birds that were effected. They had a family member working in the rescue centre & the request was genuine.
This was a technique successfully employed during the Tasmanian oil spill & the jumpers are now part of the Tasmanian oil response kits. I was asked to help with collect a few dozen jumpers together, but the power of modern media has spread this request around the globe - for me it has been a surreal experience. As someone who has knitted jumpers for this cause & the feeling of goodwill you experience in doing so. I have spent much of my holiday away making sure I am able to manage the response we have received. As I have replied to you all, the response has been overwhelming - my email count has now surpassed 2000 & still climbing.
Firstly I have had a request from an Australian Wildlife team wanting to take the surplus jumpers to add to their Oil Response kits. I have also had requests from people wanting us to auction some jumpers to help raise funds for the penguins & for the clean up effort. Once all the jumpers have come in, the Skeinz team will be making a Post Penguin Jumper plan to make sure that all these will go to places where they are needed & can directly help the various efforts within the spirit to which they were intended.
In local media it has been reported that the jumpers are not being required after all. I have been asked whether I am bothered about the fact that no birds at this stage have worn the jumpers & honestly I can say no, I'm not bothered in the least. In fact I am relieved. I see this entire event as nothing but a triumph in the human spirit - that thousands of you from all around the world have wanted to spare some of your time to help. It's an out pouring of love & kindness which I think we can all be proud & thankful.