Alfred ‘Alfie’ Date learned to knit in the 1930s so that he could make a jumper for his new nephew.
Flash forward over 80 years, and Alfie’s knitting skills are allowing him to help his country’s wildlife.
Amazingly enough, at 109 years old, Alfie is worried about having idle hands, so he is putting his knitting needles to work and creating the most adorable sweaters for penguins!
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. Using heavy wool provided by the nurses, Alfie put his 80 years of knitting skills to good use and got to work.