This 109-Years-Old Man Spends His Time Knitting Sweaters. The Reason? Penguins!

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

Alfred Date

Australian man, Alfred Date, remembers the sinking of the Titanic and the beginning of World War One.

At 109, he’s the oldest man in Australia. In the 1930s, ‘Alfie’ learned to knit when he made a baby jacket for his nephew.

When nurses at his retirement home in New South Wales heard about his way with the knitting needle, they asked Alfie if he’d mind helping knit some much-needed sweaters for injured penguins.


Alfie couldn’t refuse.

Oil spills can kill penguins, making their feathers sticky and allowing water to get too close to their bodies. The result is the penguins get cold and usually die. Thus the need for tiny penguin sweaters.

In 2001, hundreds of penguins became coated in slick oil from an oil spill at Phillip Island, 90 minutes off the coast from Melbourne, Australia. But with the call out around the world for penguin sweaters, 96% of those affected penguins were saved.

And that’s thanks to people like Alfie Date, the oldest man in Australia.

H/T: NineMSN