There are three main reasons I feel the need to do something to give back to our defence force. . I started Aussie Heroes for a number of reasons – I hated the way our Vietnam Veterans were treated. That can never be allowed to happen again. I heard of an Aussie soldier given a quilt by the Americans in Germany and was ashamed that there was not an Aussie Quilt for him. He now has one of ours and I have since met him and his wife a couple of times and they tell me that he uses his quilt all the time. Finally, I just felt that we, the Aussie public, needed a way to say thank you to our Defence members for their service.
I came across this fellow through his wife's blog and reached out to them to see if there was something I could to make his deployment a bit easier.
He felt a really useful gift would be a laundry bag. Sounds like such a little thing doesn't it? Well not so. You see the serving personnel were all using the same laundry bags an that made it hard to find their own laundry bag in a hurry when they wanted it. Apparently emails go around each day saying “someone picked up my laundry bag”. This soldeir's wife made her husband a colourful one with large initials and the problem was solved for him.....but what of his men? So, Laundry Bags it was.
We have every sort of woman you can imagine, married, single, Mums, Grandmas, wives and mothers of serving members, ex-serving members, wives of Vietnam Vets - you name it, as well as a few men. Everyone donates their time and materials because they think it is important and appropriate to get behind our serving men and women and say thank you.
For more information on what we do and how things work check out
the Aussie Heroes 101 Page