Oak Flats HS’ woolly jumpers headed to drought-hit farmers

WARMTH: Oak Flats High School captains Harry Cooper and Tayla Davis holding baby lamb Bianca. Picture: Robert Peet
WARMTH: Oak Flats High School captains Harry Cooper and Tayla Davis holding baby lamb Bianca. Picture: Robert Peet

Bianca the little lamb model was in her element on Friday.

But the hand-knitted jumper the cute little lamb was wearing at Oak Flats High School was just for show.

It is one of 25 jumpers that will be sent to drought-ravaged farms in Coonabarabran next week

School staff, students and community members have been knitting little jackets over the past six weeks for baby lambs who are desperately in need of them.

School liaison officer Carmen Jacobs said the project has been led by English teacher Lynn Jenkins.

“Hand-made jumpers can help keep orphaned or abandoned lambs and calves warm,” she said.

“Apparently during drought times, ewes tend to have multiple offspring, and are not able to always look after them all. The lambs are kept warm with the jumpers while they are hand fed by humans.”

The school’s knitters will continue supporting the Coonabarabran-based Lamb Jumpers “Helping Our Farmers” initiative.

Ms Jenkins also plans on holding knitting classes at the school in the future for students, staff and community members, who are keen to learn how to knit these little garments for lambs.

“It’s been a fantastic effort from our school community,” Mrs Jacobs said.

“But Ms Jennings is keen to continue supporting the initiative and will hold knitting classes. The aim is to knit many more jumpers for the needy lambs.”