Thankyou very much for the quilt and laundry bag that you created. It is a wonderful example of your creativity, talent and artwork and lays on my bed.
Along with your letter describing parts of South Western Queensland, they are not only a reminder of Australia but also of the wonderful people of our great country, family, friends and strangers alike.
You and all the other women who make these quilts are extraordinary individuals who together create an extraordinary sense of community that makes Australia the great nation that it is.
Australians like yourself remind us here and elsewhere around the world where Australian Service Men and Women serving on operations, how very grateful we are to have a wealthy country both in its resources but more so in its people that make us service men and women proud to serve you.
I will always remember your gifts and well wishes.
I received my quilt and laundry bag in the mail today. I was blown away by how lovely they were and the thought that went into making them. I have had a smile on my face all day. The generosity is amazing and it makes the things we do here all the more worthwhile knowing there are people like you and the others who do these things out of the goodness of their heart.
I have to say there are a few jealous people here when they saw my quilt..... It is now a very treasured possession that will remind me of the good things in humanity every time I use it for years to come.
Once again a very big thank you for my wonderful quilt and laundry bag (I truly love them!) Kind regards,
The quilt in this email is one that Paul and Paula gave me to pass on to someone appropriate and I think I found it the right home.
I just had to jump on my emails and let you know how thrilled I was to receive two surprise gifts from total strangers, just for me this week. I had to check the parcel name to make sure it was mine. Your letter explained that the lady I replaced had set this up before she left.
After arriving at Al Minhad Air Base on my first deployment I was overwhelmed with how full on all the activities were. The feeling of being isolated from your loved ones was one of the many hurdles to try and overcome. But to receive your welcomed parcel, just when I required a morale lift, was certainly what I needed to take me out of my doldrums and make me feel more positive about the support I was supplying here.
My little room is now a pleasure to walk in to of an evening after a long day at work. The bright colours of the quilt are in pride of place on my little bunk. It really gives the room a touch of friendliness and when I think about how some wonderful people, who I have never met, volunteered their spare time to bring this joy to me I feel even better about being here. Thank you for being so thoughtful.
I don't often post thank you messages that are directed specifically to me as I find that a little embarrassing but I felt I needed to post this one to give you an idea of the magnitude of what we have achieved as a group. This is from one of my main contacts in 7RAR TG.
I've no idea how many bags you've directed our way since November but I don't think there are too many people in this Task Group without one! We are embarrassed by your kindness and grateful for your personal efforts as the founder and coordinator of AHQ. For many, I know that although the quilt or bag is lovely to receive, it will be of equal importance to know that someone in Australia beyond their immediate family cares enough to make the effort you do. I will make sure that XXX(his postion) 2 Cav (the unit replacing 7RAR gets your details so that you can continue your great work.
7RARTG as a unit has been a dream to work with, and the people I have dealt with have been just wonderful. I am very happy to know that they will soon be home with their families but I will be sorry to say goodbye to them, especially, as with most of the people I deal with for AHQ, I am unlikely to ever meet any of them. Thanks guys - thanks to those that have assisted with AHQ and thanks also to the family and friends I have dealt with as well. I think I will always have a soft spot for the Porky Seven! and hasn't it been fun to adorn the quilts and laundry bags with the occassional pig here and there!
Till next time...............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!