Currently sitting in the new Headquarters, surrounded by boxes, quilts, laundry bags and stuff..... answering emails after spending the morning unpacking boxes and trying to decide where to put things in the kitchen.. easier said that done!!!
For now.. enjoy these great messages.
Firstly, I want to thank you so very much for making me a Quilt out of the goodness of your heart. I would also like you to thank Norma Ash and any other members of the team, on my behalf, who were involved in the design/making of my Quilt. I was truly overwhelmed at receiving this item which I just received yesterday. It was initially sent to Kabul, Afghanistan, where I spent the first 2 months of my deployment, but was then sent back to AMAB in Dubai, where I am currently based at. I have also just got back from a week in Taji in Iraq, so it was a very welcoming gift upon my return. I can assure you it made my day and will continue to give me ‘colour to my environment’ now and in the future.
I will return to Australia in a few weeks and after a week will be travel to Scotland to visit my Mum for a few weeks.
I’m a Military Police investigator and have done this job for about 32 years - although 22 years was with the British Army. As you can image I have travelled extensively around the world and travel when I can. I love travelling. I am married (for about 25 years now) and am currently based in Brisbane and have been there for about 18 months now, but we live on the Sunshine Coast. Before that, I was posted for 3 years as a Police instructor at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney. Sorry to say, I prefer Queensland and see myself as a Queenslander :) (or Maroon)
Once again, I wish to thank you (and your team) so very much for taking the time and effort to make the Quilt. It is on my bed as I type this and is indeed a beautiful item and brings a smile to my face. I really do like it.
Dear Chris,Let me start by saying a big thank you for the Laundry Bag and Care package. I am humbled by your generosity and proud to know Australians like you and your family do so much for our Defence Force and other Communities back home. It is great to have your support whilst we are so far away from home and I am extremely proud to wear our flag and know that there are people like you and your family dedicating a lot of your time and effort to others.As you probably know, I am currently serving on a CoalitionHeadquarters in Baghdad and our small team is made up of soldiers from seven different nations, so I made sure to share the goodies and in doing so shared your good will and put smiles on many faces. My family lives in Darwin, which is home for us after moving around Australia with the Army. My wife and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary this year and we have a 17 yr old son and 13 yr old daughter who keep us on our toes (always). We all like our motorsport and are all avid Holden fans but I have no doubt rivalries will develop as children leave home to start their own families.I cannot thank you enough for all your endeavours in supporting people like me and all the other troops that have received your Laundry Bags, Quilts and goodies. By the way, my children often tell me I am un-Australian because I don't like Vegemite so I think it was quite fitting for you to make me a very Australian Laundry Bag - thanks.Kind regards.....
Please receive my warmest regards and gratitude for that amazing work of art you sent me. I was so taken by the detail and thought that has gone into making this amazing gift. I can not thank you enough.
My wife and I have 3 children (2 boys and one girl). Myoldest is at University and the other two are in High School and Primary respectively. This is my sixth time away from home on Deployed Operations. This is my third time to this area of the world. This has meant a long time away from my family over the years. I am very lucky that my wife is truly a Defence wife and knows all the ins-and -outs of managing our home on her own and helping other defence wives who are experiencing, for the first time, the demands of deployed spouses. We are currently posted to Canberrabut do not know where we will be next year as I am due for a posting, "again".
I have been with the RAAF for over 22 years, so most of my professional life. I enjoy working in Defence and I am very proud of being part of the ANZAC tradition.
I will write to you through the mail (it takes about 5-6 weeks to get to Australia from this location) but I wanted to acknowledge as soon as possible your amazingquilt! Wow, you are certainly very skilled.
Once again, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. The last couple of weeks have been a bit challenging. This special gift came at the right time.
Please take care of yourself and please pass on my kindest regards to your family.
I want to say thank you so much for the beautiful quilt you sent me. The time an effort you went to is really appreciated. I love the blues it very calmingand at the same time brings some brightness and colour in a world that is full of beige over here. While the middle east is a stunning place in a harsh way it really lacks colour and life. Everything is just a different shade of beige. Your quilt will definitely be cherished.
This is my 3rd deployment in my 23 yr career (East Timor 2001, Iraq 2005) and the support from back home always amazes me. This is my firstdeployment as a Mother and I'm finding it difficult being away form my two daughtersaged 6 and 8 yrs old but I know this sacrifice is one of the many required of service personnel. Support from the Australian community back home from the many organisationssuch as Aussie Hero Quilts always helps lift moral and that our effort over hereare not going unnoticed.
Again I really appreciate the quilt.
Thank you so much.
Good Evening Sandy,
Just writing to say a big thank you to the Team in Coffs Harbour for my Aussie hero quilt! I received itthis week in Dubai. I am a Marine Technician ( Electrician ) currently deployed on-board HMAS Warramunga on Operation Manitou in the Middle East and have been for the past 7.5 months.
I live in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney just on the other side of the harbour bridge with my Partner who is a nurse and very much looking forward to me coming home. The effort that has gone into this quilt Is amazing. I can’t thank you guys enough for the work that is done for deployed personnel to receive something this special from home.
It really does make a difference, making the 9 months away just that little bit easier.
Please pass my regards on to the rest of the team involved with my quilt, Marj H and Lynne V.
Thank you again !.....
Hi Ruth,I just received the laundry bag you made for me, with some sheep and a border collie on it. Thank you so much for making it, I really do appreciate the time and effort you have gone to in making it. I grew up on a sheep farm in Western NSW, and now I have a pet border collie
called Jed, so the bag is perfect for me!I am currently deployed on Operation Okra with the E-7A Wedgetail. We fly missions to coordinate the airspace in the fight against D’aesh in Iraq.I hope you and your family are all in good health and that your cousin’s daughter is still enjoying her time in the ADF. Once again, thankyou for this gift, it will be treasured for many years to come! I might even have to not use it and send it straight to the pool room for display!Yours sincerely,.....
Till next time.... keep spreading the word and happy stitching.