CAPTAIN VIVIAN BULLWINKLE
LCPL Jacinda Baker was 26 years old when she was killed in a roadside bomb attack in 2012. She was the first female soldier New Zealand had lost since a New Zealand nurse was killed in Vietnam.
Medical Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31 and Richard Harris, 21, died helping a fellow soldier on a Sunday morning in Afghanistan when their humvee was hit by a roadside bomb in Bamiyan province. Their vehicle was the last in the convoy taking one of their patrol members to Romero Base to see a doctor.
Jacinda had received a Chief of Army Commendation in 2011 for her professionalism and courage. According to her friend, Christine Donk, Jacinda believed that girls could do anything. Two of her passions were boxing and baking.
Two very inspirational women to name the wards after in the ANZAC Hospital!
Now it is up to us to honour their memories by helping to make the wards that bear their name warm and welcoming for the patients that need to spend time there.
We have already sent four quits over which have Australia themes.
When I heard back from the nurse who is my contact over there she told me how they had put two quilts in the Bullwinkle Ward and two in the Jacinda Baker Ward. That means that in each ward there are two beds that still have the UGLY brown horse blankets in them!
Not happy Jan!!!
Horse blankets???? Really???
Not for our HEROES!!!
So, I bought two meters of Kiwi themed fabric and was explaining my plan to ask someone to make a quilt top from each to Stephanie T and Gail who were here helping my on Tuesday. They both decided that they would like to make the tops themselves.
We still need two more quilts.
These two quilt tops came from the North of the Yarra Quilt Group (NOTY). I am sending them up to Sandy and her team in Coffs Harbour and they will be appliqued....the final decision on what goes on the quilts will rest with the lovely ladies up there but here are some possibilities...
Or we could have some Kiwis
or even a silver fern.
I have no doubt that whatever Sandy and her ladies decide on will be wonderful and I know that the staff and patients in the Jacinda Baker Ward will be very grateful to be able to cover up those ugly brown blankets.
I can't wait to show you the completed quilts and I can't wait till I know they are in the mail....
Brown blankets indeed!
Till next time.................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!