Crowdwish does it again! An amazing site run by amazing people.

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Crowdwish 95 Actioned.

Today’s Crowdwish was ‘I wish that my friend would not have to face losing her home after the death of her husband’.

We completely appreciate that there are many, many people in the world faced with appalling sets of circumstances, and many incredible charities doing fantastic work to alleviate as far as possible the difficulties those people face.

So to be clear, we are not attempting to subjectively decide this is a more deserving case than any other; but it is one that has come to the top of the list on Crowdwish and so we are compelled to help, and happy to do so.

Whilst preserving the anonymity of the individual concerned, here’s the reality of their very difficult and delicate situation.

A woman is recovering from an abusive history; so abusive that she is suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

For years she cares for her husband who has Multiple Sclerosis.

The small savings pot they had accumulated becomes rapidly depleted by unavoidable medical bills.

Her husband dies and her reason for being and daily purpose are shattered. With the savings gone, she can no longer afford the mortgage repayments.

The acute nature of the PTSD means that – despite her intelligence and ability – it is not viable for her to hold down a regular job and generate a consistent income.

Further complications relating to confusing state benefits mean that statutory welfare payments are not forthcoming.

The bank starts to get increasingly less tolerant and they send representatives to her house explaining that it must be repossessed.

The remaining ‘family’ that she has are two cats and a dog that she rescued from a shelter. Their companionship that has meant so much is jeopardised by the likely loss of the home, exacerbating her anxiety and underlying mental health issues.

It seems likely now that she will lose her house, but friends are rallying round to see whether they can work out a way in which she might be able to move into an apartment and get to keep her pets.

One of those friends – Fern Mulholland – put the wish on Crowdwish some weeks ago, and that’s how we got involved.

We have helped Fern set up a page on Gofundme – a brilliant site in the US that has had lots of success in raising money for people in stricken circumstances – explaining the situation as we have above and asking for donations for her friend. We have donated $250 to get things going, and Fern has made a generous contribution herself.

At Crowdwish, we are really grateful for the many, many emails and messages we receive from people asking how they can help with the wishes, make contributions, ‘give back’ and so forth; so we hope this will be an opportunity for people to do just that. Here’s the link again. Gofundme

Until tomorrow.

Calling all knitters: Penguin Foundation asking for tiny pullovers for injured birds

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Friday, March 7, 2014, 3:29 PM –

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a clothing designer, you’re in luck.

The Penguin Foundation has put out an open call for tiny knit sweaters to be worn by some of the world’s cutest penguins.

Courtesy: Penguin Foundation Facebook

Courtesy: Penguin Foundation Facebook

While some of the contributions have been downright adorable (we’re a fan of the sweater adorned with the Penguin Books logo), the organization says their need for jumpers has noting to do with fashion.

“Knitted penguin jumpers play an important role in saving little penguins affected by oil pollution,” the foundation writes.

“A patch of oil the size of a thumb nail can kill a little penguin. Oiled penguins often die from exposure and starvation. Oil separates and mats feathers, allowing water to get in which makes a penguin very cold, heavy and less able to successfully hunt for food.”

When affected penguins are rescued from the wild, they are fitted with a tiny sweater that prevents them from preening and swallowing toxic oil as they wait to be cleaned.

Courtesy: Penguin Foundation Facebook                                                  Courtesy: Penguin Foundation Facebook
According to the foundation, 453 penguins were impacted by one of the more recent major oil spills near Phillip Island, thirteen years ago.

Ninety-six percent were saved are released back into the wild through the work of dedicated wildlife experts.

But oil spills aren’t the only issue.

Fishermen who dump waste while at sea can also be damaging to the tiny birds.

Knitters interested in helping the foundation are invited to download the pattern.

The jumpers are a quick, easy project that will appeal to most skill levels.

While we’re on the topic of penguins, we can’t resist showing you one of our favourite YouTube videos.

It’s from Matsue Vogel Park in southern Japan, which is home to countless penguins, tropical birds and owls.