I must admit I once had to think hard to remember what Australia Day celebrates so media promotions over the last few years have been a good thing . But, do we see it as a day to remember past events or to celebrate what we have now? To help me, and anyone interested, I've looked at the history of the day and collected information, which I've copied and condensed into the notes below. Janine C
In 2013 there could be ADF members curled up under an AHQ quilt reading a letter from home, or using the free time to do their washing, carried in an AHQ laundry bag.
Training and mentoring the Afghan National Army 4th Brigade in Uruzgan province to allow transition of lead security responsibility for the province.
Building the capacity of the Afghan National Police to assist with civil policing functions in Uruzgan;
Helping improve the Afghan Government's capacity to deliver core services and generate economic opportunities for its people.
Operations to disrupt insurgent operations and supply routes utilising the Special Operations Task Group.
Amy and Angela
And finally, without doubt, the award for Commitment to the Challenge goes to
for the huge number she completed!
All the rest are her's.
Please note several with pigs for 7RAR!
And finally, although Marg hasn't quite got this one finished I think it deserves to be included because of the amount of work in it. Also, having completed 29 laundry bags on her own in the week between Christmas and New Year I think she deserves to be cut a little slack - don't you?
Great job ladies and thanks so much for getting into the spirit at such short notice!
So, what do you reckon. Who is the winner?
All will be revealed on Friday night in the
Quilts of the Week post.
Regardless of who wins you are all winners as these laundry bags will be so well received "over there" and especially as they all have something Aussie on them!
If you want an address to send your laundry bag to and you haven't asked me for one can you please wait till I get home from the "School Run on Thursday? Thanks.
Now I wasn't going to post any thank you messages tonight but this one seems way too appropriate to leave it off.
I recently received your beautifully handmade laundry bag.
I am writing to thank you for your kind gift, which certainly put a smile on my face! The magazine was also a wonderful treat; everything looks so delicious and fresh!! I'm already getting a little excited about cooking some meals and eating some fresh salads!
I am a Lieutenant deployed to Afghanistan with my soldiers from my Regiment in SA. We just reached the half way mark of our deployment, so we've tentatively started the down-hill count down! Everything is travelling well over here; the weather has risen from a not very enjoyable -5*C to a balmy 10*C! Not quite tanning weather; but we'll take what we can get.
Whilst we're a little sad to have missed summer, we're just looking forward to going home!! We are looked after quite well over here; everyone makes sure we are feeling loved and have some trinkets from home to remind us of Australia!
Tomorrow is Australia Day; the cooks are doing a big cook up of lots of meat. And some coke to supplement for beer. There'll be some improvised cricket games as well I'm sure!!
Thankyou once again for your very kind gesture.
It is just beautiful and a wonderful gift that I shall treasure.
Take care and best wishes for 2013.
Till next time............keep spreading the word and Happy stitching!