Hello Heather B and Marj T,
Firstly I would like to apologise for the lateness of my reply, very deeply sorry. Some days its very busy here and the days that are more quiet its great time to relax .
I received the Laundry bag on the 2nd of July,
Now that laundry bag ............. It is absolutely fantastic, you ladies did just a sterling job
I'm very greatly appreciative of the fantastic work Aussie quilt and laundry bags group are doing. Everyone over in MER are ecstatic with their laundry bags.
You see them walk around like hand bags and show them off all the time lol
I deployed over here at the end of Mar. This is my third deployment to the middle east region, first as a firefighter, and first as a father. My daughter was born on 25 Dec 2014, yes Xmas day.
So I have missed out a lot of her growing, so yes I am soooooo looking forward to go home and holding my daughter, and can't wait to give her my Quilt and laundry bag.
On saying that, I have enjoyed my time over here. Met some great people from all over Australia.
Once again thank you very much Ladies, truly greatly appreciated and the goodies were the icing on the cake.
Attention Jill S and Ryan
Hi there, I am a deployed soldier working in Iraq and I am the lucky recipient of a laundry bag which was made by Ryan. The bag is very colourful with lots of records on one side and vintage cars on the other side. It looks great and is an excellent idea as this is exactly what we need here. Most people here are now walking to and from the laundry with very colourful laundry bags. The best thing is that they are all different so it makes it very easy to instantly recognise the bag that has our laundry inside it.
You may have picked up from my e-mail address that I am from New Zealand. There are a lot of us here working as part of an integrated force with the Aussies. This is a fantastic opportunity for both the Aussie and the Kiwi's as we are learning each other's systems and processes as well as meeting a lot of new friends while working in what can only be described as a very harsh environment. It is very sandy, dusty and extremely hot. We have had temperatures of over 50C for each day over the last week.
Dear Jill - thank you so much for your great idea and your significant part in bringing this plan to fruition. I really appreciate the time and effort it must have taken for you to organise 80 Grade six kids to make these laundry bags and the quality is fantastic so the coaching must have been fantastic as well. I am only one of many who have benefited from this project and I can assure you that it is extremely humbling to know the support is there for your troops (and their peers - of which I consider myself).
Dear Ryan - Thank you very much for making the laundry bag and for the letter that you wrote to attach to the bag telling me a bit about you. The bag is awesome and I can see that you have put a lot of effort into making it. I love the selection of material that you used. I really love your cats names - Blade and Machete are cool names and I suspect that you might have had a big hand in those names. I do like sports and have played representative rugby, cricket, tennis and volleyball. I played and managed cricket right up to level where I represented the NZ Defence Force.
I have lots of interests, I like reading and draw to relax, One of my main interests is music (that is why I picked the laundry bag you made) and I love to play the Guitar.
I have a beautiful wife and three lovely daughters at home and miss them very much. I also have two grandsons. We will be home in time for Christmas so that will be very good.
My job here is working in an office supporting the Human Resources for both the NZ and Aussies. My boss is an Aussie and we have two Aussies working in our area as well. Our job involves looking after their pay and administrative requirements as well as travel, leave and reports. It has been very busy since we arrived here as this is the first deployment and it is always a bit harder setting up the mission and making sure that it is all set up for any groups who follow us in.
We don't have AFL in NZ but I have been to Melbourne a few times as I have relatives there and I have watched a few games live at the MCG. It is a very fast game and I enjoyed watching it very much. I do enjoy Rugby union most and support the Crusaders team as well as the All Blacks. I hope that they do well in the World Cup later this year. I also enjoy League and support the Warriors (who are not doing so well) but also like the Brisbane Bronco's. I have been to Brisbane lots of times and have watched them live as well.
You said in your letter that it is very cold where you are with it being winter. It is also very cold where I come from at present. My wife said that she had a -4C frost just last week which is cold - even for NZ.
Thank you very much for your efforts to make this bag and for your kind thoughts towards the troops serving overseas. I hope that you are not disappointed that your bag did not go to an Aussie soldier but you can be rest assured that it is very much appreciated and I know you can be very proud of yourself for making this and for supporting us.
You will be pleased to know that my laundry bag has arrived safe and sound here in the Middle East. It came with a lovely letter from the maker Julie-Ann. Since we have been in port, the quilts and laundry bags have been coming hard and fast. The messes and the ship's laundry is aflush with new colour and vibrance. It's a welcome change from the deep blue of service issued quilt covers and the stack of off-white of dirty laundry bags. I thank you very much for the effort that your team applies to ensuring that everyone here has something special to remind them of the country that we have left behind and the family (including sporting teams) that they miss. Thanks again for this wonderful gesture
I am very pleased to say that I have received my quilt and an unexpected surprise, a laundry bag as well. Both are absolutely awesome! And I can't thank your organisation enough for doing this, the quilts have been the talk of the town here.
Again thank you very much for sending a little bit of happiness to those deployed .......
I received my laundry bag today and was in awe of the amount of effort you have put in for me, the print is better than I could have imagined.
It is a truly beautiful thing and says a lot about the person behind this work, I cant thank you enough for the gift and am very excited about seeing the quilt.
Thank you for all the goodies and I will be sure to share them around with my crew who are currently flying a mission as I write this email. On the next flight the Minties and Tim Tams will be a real treat for them.
Take care, many thanks and chat soon,
I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic quilt that you made for the program.
I got it yesterday with a package that my girlfriend sent over with some musliebars and M&M's. I'm not going to lie, I was really happy with what you sent. I'm sure I had this stupid grin all over my face at 11pm when I got back to my room to open it.
Given that we had space restrictions on what we could bring over with us, I couldn't bring one from home.
So your quilt is a much welcome replacement for the blanket which was supplied here.
I took a photo to show you.
This is my first deployment, so I'm really happy to be out here doing my job on operations. My girlfriend would agree about the sacrifice bit, but I'm just glad that I got to be one of the few to serve with the Kiwis on the centenary of the ANZAC's.
I hope this email has found you well.
I - we do appreciate the actual support you have shown. actually doing something to support the guys and girls here just seems uncommon, so thank you.
I have just received my Aussie Hero Quilt in the post. I will send Kay an email thanking her for the time she spent making this amazing quilt for me.
I would like to thank all the wonderful people associated with Aussie Hero Quilts for what they do for us. You guys make what we do worthwhile.
I hope this email finds you well.
I wanted to thank you and tell you that I absolutely love my quilt. I wasn't sure how Rotti's would be incorporated into my quilt and I was hoping I hadn't set an impossible request. This is my third deployment to the Middle East region and your quilt is my first ever from AHQ. I am sure I will treasure it for years to come and look back at it with fond memories. I am just over half way through my tour and I am looking forward to going home to be with family and friends!
I have been in the Airforce 17 years and before that I had also spent 3 years in the Army. I hope to do another 5-10 years before I retire from the forces. I have 3 children at home, they are now in their teenage years but I have spent a lot of time apart from family on exercises and deployments throughout my career.
It is always nice to hear from home. It means a great deal so thank you again.
Please forgive the e-mail, thank-you cards are in short supply here.
Thank-you so very much for the Quilt. I like it very much, it was just what I wanted.
It now has pride of place on my bed and it is good to have something to remind me of home. I'm sure that the quilt will come in handy later, although it is currently a balmy 47 degrees at the moment, having been in Iraq before I know winter comes with a vengeance and I'll be grateful for the warmth.
Again, thank-you for the effort you have gone to, I know that I echo the sentiments of all here when I say keep up the good work.
I received the amazing Arsenal quilt today, when I opened it I was lost for words. If you could of seen me, I was showing everybody that was near by, I was like a big kid who just received the best present ever. I will treasure it and can see it hanging with my small collection of Arsenal memorabilia when I return home.
I have been supporting Arsenal since 1971, as an Australian it's hard trying to explain where my passion for supporting them comes from. Your husband must a be great man following The Arsenal and you sound just like my poor suffering wife, she has very little choice but to support and watch them play. You will both enjoy watching them play at the Emirates, my wife and I where lucky enough to attend three games at the Emirates last year.
I can't thank you enough, kind people like yourself making and sending even just the smallest things go a long way to making our time over here worthwhile. I'm very proud and honoured that you have personally taken the time to make this wonderful quilt for me, you are an amazing person.
I have attached a picture of me with the quilt for you.
and shared on Facebook last night....
Till next time...... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!