Huge, HUGE day here in Aussie Hero Headquarters. By the time you read this we will have hopefully completed a massive load of layering, quilting and binding, at the same time as a heap of packaging to be done.
Enjoy the messages, they are what keep us going!
We recently sent 8 quilts to the Coalition Hospital in Iraq to be used on the beds in the wards. There are 4 beds in an Aussie themed ward and another 4 in a Kiwi themed ward. The Aussie quilts were put together by the ladies who sew in Penrith using Aussie blocks sent in as Blocks of the Month (BOMs). Keryn quilted them all.
The Kiwi themed quilts were made by Lynn and the team of ladies who sew Mystery Quilt blocks with her (want to know more about this team let me know). Lynn's sister, Wendy, quilted them.
They were all sent off and arrived safely as you can see.
And the four Aussie themed quilts.
Hello from the Middle East and thank you so much for sending me a quilt, I love it!
I just want to thank you for supporting deployed members, it means a lot to know that we are being thought of and receiving these quilts sure does make your day. I’ll tell you a little about what we are doing.
I would just like to thank you very much again, the next person to receive a quilt from you will love it, mine is perfect!
Have a wonderful day,
Received a great photo of this quilt made by Caroline L
Hey Joan Mac,
Thank you so much for your wonderful Sapper Bag. It's perfect!
I really enjoyed seeing the Tonka trucks incorporated into the bag. It put a massive smile on my face. I hope the earthworks on you dams has gone well. We have very similar machines as your contractor.
A little about me, I was born in Newcastle NSW. I grew up there and when I finished school I decided to join the Army. I went to ADFA and studied Civil Engineering. I completed my training at the Royal Military College in 2009. I'm a Major in the Corps of the Royal Australian Engineers. I've been in the Army almost 13 years now.
All of my time has been spent building things. I like the fact that Army sends me around the world to build things for the less fortunate. I have done a lot of humanitarian construction throughout the South Pacific. I have been lucky enough to build schools, community centres, fresh water supplies, first aid clinics, and much more in Tonga, Vanuatu, PNG, East Timor and the Federated States of Micronesia.
I have also spend a lot of time working in Indigenous communities in Australia building housing. I spent two years living in Lae, PNG working with their Army Engineers teaching them and acting as a mentor for their staff in 2013-14. Which was a lot of fun and a massive adventure! Since then I have deployed twice to the Middle East.
I'm now about half way into my second trip. I'm in command of a team of engineers who have projects in the all over the Middle East. We are very busy but the work is great and I feel as though we are helping to improve these countries, especially Afghanistan and Iraq. And that's me as a soldier. On a more personal level, I'm 31 and I live in Sydney.
I have attached a photo of me and my Sapper Bag. Thanks again for going to the time and effort to make this for me. It does mean a lot!
I wish you and your family all the best.
I wanted to say thank you so much for the lovely quilt you made for me whilst I was on operation in the Middle East.
I really liked the design and the colour scheme, its going to be a treat when its winter again and I will definitely make the most out of it.
I also want to wish you and your family a safe and wonderful Christmas, thanks again!
Thank you so much for the quilt and laundry bag. I understand that it may have been a challenging concept to achieve, being both Bunnings and sausages. I was so amazed and humbled at what was provided, and I thank you and Bridget for the effort involved, especially getting us a few extra goodies from Bunnings itself.
We are a tight knit crew here, and we have to be to get us through that lonely Christmas period without our families. Things like the Quilts you provide really help us feel connected back to Australia.
I am married with one 13 year old daughter. My family is coping well now they have a routine in place, but there are difficult days.
I have attached a few photos of myself and the goodies you have sent, and am happy for you to use them for whatever purpose you you would like to.
I hope you and your family have a merry Christmas.
I am 33 years old and serve as a Rifleman in the Australian Army. I am currently on deployment in Malaysia. Thank you so much for your lovely laundry bag! It is absolutely beautiful and I've taken great pride in showing it off to all the boys and girls here because it is by far the best one!!!
There are over a hundred of us here, and we are a long way from home. It means a great deal to all of us here to know that you are thinking of us, Caitlin. Your letter and your hard work brings a smile to all of us.
I hope everything in your life is jolly and well. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your Mum and thank you again.
Wishing you the very best in life.
Cailtin (aged 9) and the Laundry Bag she made.
Phew as you can see by the messages above, we have all been pretty busy. have to get back to it now.
Have a great night.
Till next time keep spreading the word and happy stitching!