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PHOTOS: Penguins get knit sweaters from 109-year-old man

Sweaters were knitted to help protect penguins in Australia from possible oil spills (Source: Penguin Foundation/Facebook) Sweaters were knitted to help protect penguins in Australia from possible oil spills (Source: Penguin Foundation/Facebook)
AUSTRALIA (WWBT) -

Australia's oldest living man used a lifetime of knitting experience to make sweaters for penguins to protect them from oil spills.

Alfred "Alfie" Date told Nine MSN he started knitting in the 1930s, but it wasn't until last year when he was in a nursing home that his skills came into use for penguins. 

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Phillip Island's Penguin Foundation needed help making sweaters for penguins to help protect them in case of an oil spill. Two nurses asked Date to help with the cause given his considerable experience. Date, who says he never learned how to turn down a request for help, 

"The girls who used to work for me, they'll tell you I'm a sucker. I can't say no," Date recently told Nine MSN. "It's a good way of getting along in life. You make friends all the time but you don't make a fool of yourself either."

The Foundation was flooded with sweaters from around the world and has since told volunteers their help isn't needed. Still, it feels lucky to count Date among the helpers.

"It's amazing and we feel quite privileged to have him dedicating his time and effort to the Penguin Foundation," foundation worker Darlene Jones told the Australian news site.

Date's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have reportedly picked up their knitting needles, continuing the family tradition.

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