Australia’s oldest man likes to knit mini sweaters for injured penguins

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Australia’s oldest man likes to knit mini sweaters for injured Penguins
Australia’s oldest man has spent a lot of his days knitting sweaters for little penguins.

Alfred ‘Alfie’ Date spoke to 9 Stories about how his inability to say ‘no’ to favours got him into making the miniature animal clothes.

The jerseys were requested from Victoria’s Phillip Island Penguin Foundation in 2013, to assist the survival of little penguins after an oil spill. Little penguins are a species of penguin only found in southern Australia and New Zealand, with a lone colony of 32,000 remaining on Phillip Island.

The 109-year-old, who lives in a retirement home on the New South Wales Central Coast, was asked by two nurses to help make the sweaters, as they had heard he was an experienced knitter. It was a request he could not refuse. Using heavy wool provided by the nurses, Alfie put his 80 years of knitting skills to good use and got to work.


Alfie Date speaks to 9 Stories about his love of knitting.

Image: 9 Stories screengrab.

The self-taught knitter, who refined his skills after making a baby jacket for his nephew in the 1930s, has seven children and 20 grandchildren, and “about the same amount” of great grandchildren. According to a profile on The Daily Telegraph in 2014, Alfie remembers the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the declaration of World War one. He told the newspaper his secret to a long life is simply “waking up every morning.”

Donations of the knitted penguin outfits were received from all over the world. The foundation says this “is not a fashion statement” but instead they help the little creatures if they are affected by an oil spill. Oil can make their feathers stick together, allowing water to get to their inner layers. This causes the little penguins to get cold and not be able to hunt due to heaviness.


An oily penguin gets around in his sweater.

Image: AP Images/Associated Press

When oiled penguins arrive at the foundation, they are given a jacket to wear so that they don’t consume the toxins or preen their feathers. In 2001, 438 penguins were affected in an oil spill at Phillip Island and by using the knitted outfits, 96% of the penguins were rehabilitated at the clinic, according to the foundation’s website.

The centre currently has “plenty of penguin jumpers (sweaters) at this time donated by generous knitters across the globe” and has asked for no more donations from eager knitters.

Today, Alfie keeps his ageing hands active by knitting scarves for friends and beanies for premature babies. It is a good thing Alfie never worked out how to say ‘no.’


A penguin in a knitted sweater.

Image: Rex Features via AP Images/Associated Press

Correction: The penguins shown in the photo at the top of this story are stuffed toy penguins displaying the sweaters at Phillip Island, this was not mentioned in the original caption


Vishwanathan Anand opens his doors to flood-hit Chennai slum dwellers

Going beyond chequebook charity Chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand opened his doors to nearby slum dwellers. What they say is true every cloud has a silver lining. even this natural calamity has had many sliver linings. It has opened peoples heart even further and they helped each other in the hour of need by sharing food, opening their doors to strangers, by taking care of each other. It has also made people realise that having money, car, phone, expensive clothes comes later what comes first is basic survival – food, water, shelter which is otherwise taken for granted.

Hopefully we wont need such calamities or tragedies in future for people to have basic human values.

Looking forward to a New Earth where all beings live in Love, Peace, Harmony and Abundance ~

For The Positive Media
Anita Mulchadnani

Anita Mulchandani is a Chartered Accountant & C.P.A (USA) who found her spiritual calling few years ago, she is now set to launch a Social Venture with a focus on empowerment and enrichment of non-mainstream sections of society.

Vishwanathan Anand Opens His Doors To Flood-Hit Slum Dwellers In Chennai

With Chennai reeling under the impact of the floods, Chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, in a wonderful gesture, has thrown open the doors of his house for flood-affected people from neighbouring slums.

Vishwanathan Anand Open His Doors For Flood Hit Slum Dwellers In Chennai

Anand, however, is not in the city as he is currently participating in the London Chess Classic and drew with world champion Magnus Carlsen in Round Three on Monday. He is also set to announce a monetary contribution for the relief fund shortly.

“Since it was difficult to leave Akhil (Anand’s son) and elderly father-in-law and at home and venture out to offer relief and assistance, we chose to open our doors for the affected. Following the first floods, we had close to 20 people, including two pregnant women, from the neighbouring slums staying over at our place.

My maid, who lost her home and all her belongings, too came over along with her extended family and stayed with us. Food was cooked in large amounts for all those at home as well as handed over to volunteers for distribution.” Anand’s wife Aruna explained.

Although situated on the ground floor, Anand’s home in RA Puram, was largely unaffected by the torrential rains and the floods that followed. Though most of the city was badly affected, the metropolis is slowly finding its feet, thanks to numerous such instances of help.

“Most of the slum kids to whom we offered refuge were unaware that the house belongs to Anand,” said Aruna, “Once our maid informed them they were thrilled at the idea of living at the house of someone about whom they had read only in textbooks.”

Heartfelt donation by Little Valentina

Sometimes children are our inspiration. This little girl is growing her mane to donate it to children struck by cancer.

Salma Hayeks daughter growing out hair to donate to charity
December 2, 2015 | UPDATED 09:45 IST

Los Angeles, Dec 2 (PTI) Salma Hayeks daughter Valentina is truly getting into the giving spirit of the holidays by growing out her hair to donate to a cancer charity.

The “Frida” actress and humanitarian has passed on her philanthropic values to young Valentina, and the child is doing what she can to help others in need with a very personal donation.

“My daughter valentina (sic) is growing her beautiful mane so she can cut it and donate it to make a wig for children with cancer. Now that is the spirit of christmas (sic),” Hayek wrote on Instagram.

The movie beauty has long supported organisations aiding battered women and disadvantaged youths through her Salma Hayek Foundation, and in October she was recognised as the co-founder of womens rights initiative Chime for Change at the Variety Power of Women event in Hollywood.

Valentina is Salmas only child with husband Francois-Henri Pinault.

How to stop mind chatter


Are you often stressed out and have worrying thoughts about the future? Do you feel insecure and unsupported? Do you always feel someone will go ahead of you in your professional life? Do you often compare your life to that of others? Do you feel everyone else is better off and luckier than you?

How do you stop this mind chatter ?

  • Don’t compare. Know that everything is not as it seems from the outside. Everyone is going through some challenge or the other in life, the difference is how you react to it.
  • You have two options feel like a victim and indulge in self pity or be a Victor and stand in your power, trust that Universe is always working for you not against you.
  • Look for the lesson, opportunity or blessing in each situation.
  • Don’t live in the past that does not define you. You can always create a new future at any point in your life. Each day, each moment provides you a fresh new start.
  • Count your blessings and be grateful for all that you DO have.
  • Its not about who won the game or who reached the top, its about HOW you enjoyed your Journey, how many lives did you touch positively, who’s faces did you bring a smile to, who did you speak kind words to without an agenda, who spoke kind words about you without an agenda or even when you were not around, how many people are happy to meet you or miss you when you are not around.

Tools and Techniques to quieten the mind

1. Chanting: To quiet the mind you can start chanting mantras eg.     Tibetan chant “Namyoho Renge Kyo” is one which can stop your monkey mind running or you can chant a simple OM or SO-HUM
2. Meditation: Listen to mediation music or guided meditations to    calm your mind
3. Exercise: any kind of physical exercise shifts your focus from the mind to the body, it also produces Endorphins which triggers positive feelings in your body, reduces stress, boosts your self esteem, and wards off depression.
4. Meditation & Yoga: can also help take your mind off negative chatter
5. Connect with Nature: Nature is a free source of de-stress and abundantly available to all.
6.Children: are a source of unconditional love, innocence and purity. Spending time with children can get your thinking mind to stop for the time you spend with them.
7.Hobbies: engaging or cultivating new interests and hobbies keeps your creative juices flow which can open your mind to new solutions which you had never thought of before cause you were too stressed and worried.

In the next article we will look at how to inculcate the habit of positive thinking.

Until then take care, stop worrying, the Universe has your back 🙂

Positive vibes coming your way,
For The Positive Media,
Anita Mulchandani

Anita Mulchandani is a Chartered Accountant & C.P.A (USA) who found her spiritual calling few years ago, she is now set to launch a Social Venture with a focus on empowerment and enrichment of non-mainstream sections of society.


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