That thought prompted me to look back and revisit the beginnings of Aussie Heroes and it also made me realise that there are a lot of people who probably do not know the story behind the beginning of Aussie Heroes.
So how did it start? I occasionally give presentations about Aussie Heroes to community groups and I always start by telling them the history of Aussie Heroes, but if you are a new follower to Aussie Heroes you might not know the story. Well maybe two years on from posting the first boxes it is a good time to re-tell the story. Such a lot has happened in that time!
(They would kill me if they knew I posted this pic!!! Hee Hee)
“We care about the people, not the politics or the mission.”
Their ages range from 88 to 101!!! They love sewing for their Aussie Heroes. As well, their families are delighted that they are being made to feel useful at their age. There are Vietnam Veteran’s wives and a number of ex-serving members like myself, as well as partners, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends of current and past serving members. A lot of people told me that they had wanted to do something and just needed someone to tell them what to do.
We send to Aussie Defence personnel on Operation Slipper in the Middle East and that includes whichever ship is deployed as part of that operation at the time. HMAS Newcastle has just returned home carrying lots of our quilts
and HMAS Melbourne has just deployed. You might have seen the photo we received of some happy Melbourne recipients.
We also send to United Nations Peacekeeping forces such as Operation Aslan in South Sudan,
and Operation Mazurka in the Sinai in Egypt.
They frequently feature the flag or a southern cross. The first of these was given to a soldier in early June last year. I wish it wasn't needed but I can’t tell you how proud I was that he received an Aussie quilt.
The quilts are sent to the chaplain who is caring for the family concerned, or direct to the family if requested.
It includes the year, the blog name and the email address so that the troops can contact us easily.
“It is nice to have a constant visual reminder that the folks back home care enough to go to all this effort for us. These quilts and laundry bags are special to us not just for what they are, but also for what they represent.”
Thanks for reading a bit of our story.
Till next time.............keep spreading the word and happy stitching! JMxx