Mitten accomplished! Australia's joeys will now get help from Project Pouch!

Thank you to everyone around the world who took time to help the koalas!

Sometimes things happen that reaffirm your faith in humanity. This last week has been one of those moments for all of us in the IFAW Australia office.

When we put out the call last week for people to sew mittens to protect the bandaged paws of koalas burnt in bushfires, we never could have imagined the response.

Our appeal touched the hearts of so many of you.

Media were also very generous with their support, and pretty much every major news outlet in the country put out a call in support of the cause. The telephone and the doorbell have not stopped ringing as wonderful Australians picked up their needles and dusted off their sewing machines.

The appeal went viral globally with the koalas’ plight and our appeal receiving coverage from as far afield as China, Russia, Kazakhstan, all over Europe and coast to coast in the US and Canada.

From Graffiti Grannies in Cornwall, UK to Australian Woman’s Weekly, to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, it seems everyone wants to be involved. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of heartfelt generosity.

Thanks to your wonderful support, it’s mission, or should that be “mitten” accomplished – we have already met our target for mittens in just a few days and now have enough mittens to see us through these current bushfires.

Don’t worry if you’ve still got mittens to send or have already started some. Please finish these off and send them in – sadly we will always need a good stockpile for the inevitable bush fires yet to come.

Just don’t start anymore!

Our team here in our Australia office has now launched Project Pouch!

Now joeys need our help!

After all, it’s not just koalas affected by bushfires.

Many other species like possums, kangaroos and wallabies arrive with vets and carers, often including orphaned and injured joeys. These joeys need to be kept warm and quiet in a ‘pouch’ like environment so carers use sewn pouches.

Carers need a ready supply as pouches are changed regularly after each feed and up to six pouches can be used per animal each day. If someone has a few animals in care this can amount to a lot of pouches in the wash each day!

Everyone here on the IFAW team would like to send a HUGE thank you to everyone outside of Australia!

And a big shout out to all the wonderful wildlife rescuers who are the unsung heroes.


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Senior Program Advisor
Senior Program Advisor
Brian Sharp, Emergency Relief Officer, Stranding Coordinator
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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
IFAW Veterinarian
Katie Moore, Deputy Vice President, Conservation and Animal Welfare
Deputy Vice President, Conservation and Animal Welfare
Loïs Lelanchon, Animal Rescue Program Officer
Animal Rescue Program Officer
Shannon Walajtys
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Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Consulting Senior Advisor to the CEO on Strategic Partnerships & Philanthropy