I suppose as I have asked everyone else to write in and explain why they sew for AHQ I should do the same, except that these days I don't get to sew anywhere near as much as I used to. I am either writing the blog or answering emails or keeping up with the administration. I run the sewing days which require preparation and, at which, I often can't sew too much as I am coordinating, or just chatting to people who come along to say hello. Sometimes, like yesterday, I am a guest speaker somewhere.
But when I have those moments when I think "I just want to sew" they are usually followed by a heartfelt email from someone who has just heard about what we do and who would love a quilt of their own. Or maybe it will be an email from someone saying thank you for a quilt or a laundry bag. Or an email from a quilter who has just found out about us and writes to thank me for starting AHQ and says they can't wait to get started.
That is why I keep up with the admin, the emails, the posts, and the organising.
But why I sew? For me now, I just cannot imagine sewing for anyone else. I have been lucky. I met the very first Warrant Officer and his family on his return to Australia. He continually told me that he didn't think I understood how much what we do means to the troops. He is not the only one to say that, I have heard it many times since then. I don't think it was till I heard it in his voice on the phone the night he returned home from Afghanistan that I started to understand. Then when I met him and saw it in his eyes and again heard it in his voice. That is when I knew that what we were doing was so much more worthwhile and meaningful that I could have ever imagined.
So, why do I sew for Aussie Heroes?
Because these days I simply cannot imagine sewing for anyone else.
I have always appreciated our serving members but Aussie Heroes has brought me back into contact with many of those who I consider to be among Australia's finest and I am regularly moved by the humility, courtesy and appreciation for what we do.
What a privilege it is to be able to make something special for some of your country's finest. That is why I sew for Aussie Heroes - the people, not the organisation.
and now for everyone else.