Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Halfway there -2,500 poppies now boxed up!

We're finding the community response is really wonderful and so supportive. Not only we do have great support from our Anglican Church and the RSL but from the Tuncurry craft shop, other shops around Forster and Tuncurry who are displaying our posters, service and social groups and also many people in the community. The local newspaper, the Great Lakes Advocate has continued to publish our articles and support us also.We're very grateful for this on-going support and encouragement from so many.

On Pentecost Sunday, 8th June, two of our churches used the poppies in the flower arrangements - they looked great. Since then we've had another community Poppy Workshop. There was a great buzz of friendly chatting as the women worked on knitted, crocheted and felt poppies. During the morning a wonderful woman arrived with a bag of 192 poppies!! We were stunned by her contribution, but so thrilled with this. She couldn't stay and join us but said she'll continue making poppies for our community project. Another woman brought in 52 and another 73. I'd also received 55 from one of the ladies at church on Sunday. These, added to those finished and handed in by the wonderful hard working women today, brought our total to 2,500.  This is half of our target and to have reached it already is just amazing. We thanks God for all the enthusiastic women who are making poppies for the Forster-Tuncurry 5000 poppy project and handing them in to us.

The Federation Square 5000 poppy project is going really well too. Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, the two women who started the project, aimed for 5,000 poppies to carpet Federation Square on ANZAC Day next year. They now have over 12,500 and are now aiming for 25,000! We copied the poppy making idea from them ( with their permission). When I visited them in Melbourne at federation Square on ANZAC Day this year, they were delighted to hear how we were going too.

A women from Forster has just been at Villers- Bretonneux Adelaide cemetery and place some of our poppies on Australian soldiers graves. I understand that she was there with her husband  for D-Day celebrations - just like out PM last weekend. It's so special to think of these poppies which were made here in Forster are now on an Australian grave over in France. We thank her for taking them over and then taking the effort to send us photos of where the poppies had been placed.
We look forward to the next few months as we continue to work hard to achieve our target of 5,000 poppies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Many thanks everyone - poppy makers and other supporters, such as our wonderful husbands.