Ozzie uncle thanks Oban for koala care

Oban residents showed their generosity yet again, providing lots of knitted items to be taken to Australia.

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Visiting uncle from Oz Malcolm Clark almost bust his baggage allowance on the return trip home after an appeal to help stricken wildlife touched the hearts of Oban people.

Mr Clark from Perth, Australia, was staying with his niece Pamela Holland when she put out an appeal for help.

Within 24 hours, piles of knitted donations had been dropped off at Eric Smith Travel where Mrs Holland works. More, including blankets, had been left at her home and even squeezed through an open window.

Although Mr Clark, who had spent the last four weeks visiting relatives in Barra, Mull and Glasgow, as well as Oban, lives many miles from the affected areas, his neighbour is going to volunteer at an animal shelter in the west of the country and has agreed to take Oban’s donated haul with her.

‘One lady knitted three blankets the night she spotted the appeal on Information Oban, another went and bought lots of baby mittens and another very kind lady brought in a huge bag of about 150 knitted squares that my aunt Fiona Clark will turn into kangeroo pouches.

‘We are so impressed with Oban’s response but not surprised. Oban is tops when it comes to being generous,’ said Pamela.

She added: ‘Uncle Malcolm managed to squeeze lots into his bags but they were fit to burst and Aunt Fiona and my cousin Kevin were doing the same. They said they’d find a way of getting it all home.’