Alfred Date, the oldest man in Australia at 109 years old, has never taken pleasure in refusing to say no. His satisfaction in assisting everyone in need led him to make small sweaters for little penguins.
Alfred Date was one of the persons picked from all around the globe as a professional knitter to produce sweaters for penguins to shield them from oil when, in March 2013, following an oil leak, Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation began seeking for aid from expert knitters. The sweaters, while lovely on the small penguins, are hardly a fashion statement. Prevent oil from getting on the penguins’ coats so that their feathers don’t clump together, allowing water to penetrate into their inner down layers. As a result, they grow exceedingly chilly and disturbed, and their coat becomes so thick that the penguins are unable to hunt.
Regardless of his age, Alfred Date will never forget the Titanic’s sinking in 1912, as well as the start of World War I. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the “old lad” maintains his sense of humour as he reveals his secret to living a long life, “getting up every morning.” Another key to living a long and happy life is to assist others as much as possible. “It’s a terrific approach to get along in life,” Alfie says. You make new acquaintances all the time, but you never make a fool of yourself.”
Alfie is presently residing at a retirement facility on the Central Coast of New South Wales. When the nurses at the home learned of Alfie’s knitting skills, they approached him to assist in the creation of sweaters for the penguins. With his 80 years of knitting skill, Alfie proceeded to make sweaters for the penguins out of the thick wool available from the nurses. When asked why he utilizes hefty wool, he says “If you’re using a ball of light wool, you’re wasting your time,” Alfie said. The foundation’s innovation of utilizing sweaters on the penguins rescued almost 96 percent of the 438 penguins on Philip Island. When the oil spill left the populace in need in 2001, the sweaters appeared to be successful at first.
To prevent the penguins (who had previously been bathed in oil) from licking the hazardous chemical coatings on their feathers, they were placed in jackets by the time they arrived at the foundation. With a population of 32,000 small penguins attributed to Phillip Island, little penguins are only found in Southern Australia and New Zealand.
Alfie learnt to knit eight decades ago, thanks to her sister-in-law, who approached him with a pair of knitting needles and some wool, with the intention of making a jumper for her son, who is now “old enough to be your grandfather.” Despite his initial attempt, the mission was a success, so Alfie resolved to hone his knitting needle abilities. With an excess of knitted sweaters donated for penguins in stock, the Penguin Foundation currently has so many knitted sweaters for penguins that there is no need to request more. Alfie, on the other hand, keeps himself busy making scarves and beanies for his friends and preterm newborns, respectively, as a way of giving back to his community!
The Penguin Foundation just revealed Alfie to be Australia’s oldest guy. Because of his reluctance to say no, countless young penguins now get a second chance at life. Thank you to the man who never imagined himself crocheting sweaters for penguins. “It’s incredible, and we feel very fortunate to have him donating his time and work to the Penguin Foundation.” They stated. The photographs depict sweaters that were actually worn by plush toy penguins. The Penguin Foundation received so many sweaters that they had to sell them to cover overhead costs.
UPDATE: Alfie Date, Australia’s oldest person, has died quietly in his nursing home at the age of 110. He rose to renown through crocheting sweaters for penguins in need.