Hope your week is going well. I am in Melbourne this week to attend a special luncheon tomorrow but more on that after I have been. Last night I met up with one of our recipients for the first time. He told me so many times that he just can't explain the comfort he derives from his quilt. He received it last year when he was in hospital for back surgery and was so taken aback and touched to have it given to him. After more than 40 surgeries I am so glad that we could give him some comfort.
This great photo was sent to me last week... I don't know the names of all the recipients so can't tell you who all the quilters are but if you made one of these quilts and would like a copy of the photo just let me know.
Thank you so much for the laundry bag. You have done an amazing job! It's exactly what I was hoping for!
It will be put to good use I promise!
A bit about me.. I'll be celebrating 15 years in the RAAF in April (whilst deployed). I am a Firefighter, currently working with a great bunch of guys and girls from Australia and the UK.
My role is the Airfield Fire Controller, so I oversee any emergency that happens around the airfield or on base, and coordinate other response agencies if needed to assist.
Back at home I'm based in the NT. Looking forward to getting home in a few months to my 2 boys. (9 and 10)
Thanks again for your support, the milo and bikkies were well received by everyone, but I kept the coffee for myself. 😉
Good Morning Anne,
Thank you so very much for the lovely Australian flag themed laundry bag! It really is fantastic.
Have been here since mid last year and have another couple of months to go before I head home. It has been an interesting time lately with very cold temperatures and reasonably regular snow falls that have left a few inches of snow on the ground on a number of occasions. I still find it amusing when I see grown men in the military from various nations having snow ball fights!
You were spot on with the Tim Tams, they are very popular over here and can basically be used as currency with some of the other contributing nations ;-)
Thank you again for the thoughts and the effort that you have put in to making the laundry bag. It is very much appreciated.
All the best,
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you so very much for the absolutely wonderful quilt that you made and sent to me. It really is a lovely quilt and has significantly brightened up my room!
To answer some of the questions in your letter; I have been in the Army for almost 22 years and I am currently on my fourth overseas deployment. I left Australia in mid last year and have another couple of months left before I head home to my family. I am married and I have two children aged 12 and 10, both of who have started at new schools this year as we have moved due to the need for me to start at a new job (still in the Army) when I get home. It has been an interesting time lately with very cold temperatures and reasonably regular snow falls that have left a few inches of snow on the ground on a number of occasions. I still find it amusing when I see grown men in the military from various nations having snow ball fights!
Thank you for all that you do in supporting deployed troops through the Aussie Hero Quilts program. It really does make a difference to use over here, away from home to receive such wonderful gifts from members of the Australian community.
Thank you again for the thoughts and the effort that you have put in to making the quilt. It is very much appreciated.
Dear Ashleigh, Thank you so much for the quilt, it's perfect!
I'm a fire fighter in the RAAF. I'm currently the airfield fire controller at one of our main airbases in the middle east. I've been in the RAAF for almost 15 years and can't imagine doing anything else.
It sounds like you have a pretty great life, travelling the world and working in a pub! I reckon I'd enjoy working in a pub. Child care sounds like a good choice. There's always going to be work for you, and if you like kids you'll probably enjoy it.
Thanks again for the quilt, if you would like to know anything else I'm happy for you to ask.
Good luck with your studies 😉
Thank you for your beautiful quilt. It is extremely touching to receive something that has had so much thought and effort placed into it. I love the Red Cross pattern and it’s contrast with the jets. It will be a great talking point when I show people in years to come and talk about the work I do. The material for the middle is wonderful and the central theme of friendship, including the biblical perspective, gently reminds me of the wonderful people I work with here and of those back home. It not only reminds me of my friends that I know but also of the great mateship displayed across our wonderful country, especially by yourself and the good people at AHQ. Although I’ve never played basketball, my closest childhood friend was an avid player, so I’ve been to many games and the reverse reminds me of him. So, thank you.
It’s wonderful to learn some things about your family.
It’s very interesting to hear of your career as a radiographer. I’m sure things are indeed quite different now, as you experienced on the Adelaide. However, understanding our past is an important path towards understanding our future. I’m sorry for not writing you a handwritten reply, but as I’m sure you remember, doctors don’t have very legible handwriting at the best of times and I’m also left handed. What’s perhaps even more touching than your beautiful quilt are the kind words and encouragement you have written in the card. It is uplifting. Please know that your work and ministry is greatly appreciated by myself and all my colleagues around the ADF.
With thanks and blessings,