“Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.”
~Robert Green Ingersoll
Kindness knows no age or limit.
Just ask the oldest man in Australia, Alfred Date, who has spent the last year of his life knitting sweaters for penguins who were victims of the 2013 oil spill.
At the age of 106, Date was inspired to help the penguins whose lives have been put in danger since the oil spill.
The Philip Island’s Penguin Foundation, who launched this sweater campaign, have come out to say that with the help of Date and other people alike, they were able to rehabilitate 96% of the population of the penguins at Philip Island.
The sweaters prevent the penguins from licking the toxic waste off of their coats and ingesting it. It also prevents the oil from getting on the coats as it makes their feathers stick together, leaving the penguins cold and distressed.
With Date’s 80 year experience with knitting, he found a way to help in the only way that he could.
He says in an interview, “If you do the best you can with what you’ve got, you can’t do any more.”
Kindness and charity know no age.
There is always a reason and opportunity to help make this world a better place.
It’s important that we find things we care about, and use our skills to help make them better.
Date’s story is an inspiring one, showing us that kindness really can be found anywhere.
Even in the form of adorable sweaters for adorable penguins.
Whatever you do to help, big or small, it will always make a difference.
Find a way. Find your way.