Tuesday 20 February 2024

Grati-Tuesday - 20th Feb 2024

 

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Although not as many letters this week, the ones we have received are so very special and we are grateful to have received them....

Grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy some well deserved gratitude!

...

Good Evening Angela T,

First of all, I just want to say thank you very much for a fantastic laundry bag with the Flying Fish!
I absolutely love it and have shown this to some of my peers on board who also thought it was absolutely fantastic as it very much captures everything I love about the sea, the fishes, fishing and also the fact that the bag has my initials on it!

Our ship has been up to the Solomon Islands, and back, and then into our Christmas break, in which we got a much needed respite.
We were still on call as the humanitarian disaster relief vessel, but we did not get a call this time.
From early February, we have been up the coast operating with the Army and their helicopters which has been amazing to see and experience.
We also got a small port visit to Townsville, a town which I absolutely enjoy visiting.

I am very humbled and amazed that you have such an amazing array of members within your family who have all served in one way or another. As for me, my immediate family here in Australia consists only of my sister and mother. My mother is a hairdresser by trade and has her own boutique hair salon, whilst my sister has just completed an honours year at the University of Sydney in Arts and is figuring out the path she wants to take next. We also have a British Short Hair called Tom, who is named after the cartoon character from Tom and Jerry. As a result, we are a family of four, and live in NSW, in our DHA accommodation which has been fantastic for us all.

Tom our cat, despite being a house cat loves the idea of going for a walk outside. My entire family, almost as though we are watch keeping, take turns at taking Tom for a walk outside on a leash. He is now 2 years old, so will try and mingle with other cats, and enjoys chasing huntsman spiders and other bugs. We on average take him for a walk for up to two hours daily, whilst being extremely cautious of cars living in the city. Occasionally I do miss home, but the people I work with on board and the experiences and connections I make along the way at sea and in Port makes the experience very worthwhile.

Prior to joining the Navy, I was a retail manager of a surplus bookstore and studied at the University, where I studied a Bachelor of Arts in Management. It took me a little while before I realised that I did not really enjoy Business Studies, and instead decided to choose an Arts degree in Management and various other subjects of my own liking which I found that with the passion for those subjects, the learning became fun.

It is currently 8pm on day one of sail, and the interesting thing I have found is that most people get rather tired on the first day of sail as we get our bodies to re adjust to being out at sea. Once again, I just wanted to say thank you so much for your lovely letter and also the Laundry bag and snacks! It means quite a lot to me and is a huge motivation boost.

Wishing you and your family the very best Angie!

Kind regards,

...

Dear Sonia J,

I received your lovely laundry bag last year whilst on deployment and just wanted to write to say thank you so very much, it really brightened my day when I received it and my dog Zac thoroughly approves of the "pooch-themed" material! (Please see attached pic of Zac and the bag).

I joined the Navy in 2021, having previously in the medical field, but decided after covid it was time for a change. Absolutely loving the Navy life and all the great people I've met and places I've got to go so far.
Hope you are well and thank you again for the time and effort you put into making the bags, my fellow Navy people and I greatly appreciate them!

Kind Regards


...

An experience shared by Sue N. Thank you for sharing, I am sure others have had similar experiences....

"When I was at the post office the other day, the lady at the counter said, bare with me, we don't do many of these, I told her, take your time, no stress, I then had a chat and told her I do these about once a week. Telling her about Aussie Hero Quilts. The smile on her face just grew. Her son is in the Navy and got a quilt 2 years ago and loves it. 

You never know who you are impacting with your work. Lovely stuff indeed. "

...

Hi Toni F,


Just wanted to say thanks for the laundry bag. I can see how much time and effort you put into it – it is fantastic quality and will be a great reminder of my time in the Airforce.

 

Thanks to you and the Aussie hero team for your efforts - it is much appreciated.

 

Cheers

...

Until next week keep your letters, emails and photos coming in.  

Tuesday's would be so totally boring without them!
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Monday 19 February 2024

Request List 19 February 2024

Hi All

Please be advised that on Monday 4 March you will have to access the request list via the blog or the Facebook page. There will be no email. Our wonderful Clarissa who looks after these emails every week will be offline that day. First time she has been offline in all the years she has been doing this for us! It is only one week, we can cope.



So please remember, on March 4th, please check the blog and the Facebook page if you would like to see the request list.

Here is the request list for this week. Happy hunting. I hope you can find something that tickles your fancy.

PRIORITY REQUESTS

All the requests on our list are in priority order. We had a great take up of priority requests last week but we have added a few requests to the list of priorities this week as I just this morning received requests for a group of six soldiers in the Middle East whose requests are late, probably because they have been busy, and so they have been added to the priority list.

This week the first TWENTY EIGHT requests are all people overseas on deployment in most of the places we support. Let’s get these quilts and bags underway and put some smiles on faces that are a long way from home!

POST BY DATE

The post by date for all Requests on this list is 25 March 2024 please, or earlier if you can manage this.  If you cannot make that date, please let me know. Do reach out if you have any timing issues and we’ll resolve one way or the other. In fact, if you are going to be late posting it please let me know BEFORE you post it.  Also, if this time frame is too tight for you, there are options, just email me to discuss, thank you.    

Request Information

When selecting a request, remember, you do not have to include everything they have asked for. Footy quilts do not need to have the logo or even the team’s name. Using the team colours is all that is required. Simple is perfectly acceptable.  A number of these requests have given you favourite colours as well as footy teams or other hobbies and interests. It is fine to make a quilt using their favourite colours but please include at least one of their interests.  It is fine to keep it simple. 

If there is more than one request on this list that you would be happy to do I suggest that you send me a list of requests and tell me how many you want to be allocated….i.e. one of the following please….  There are always a few requests that everyone wants to do (and I can never pick them) so if the first one you ask for is taken then I can allocate another from your list if I have a list. 

Any queries you might have, please don’t hesitate to contact via the AHQ email as per usual with any queries and we will assist you from there.  We may not know the answer, but it will be our pleasure to research and get back to you.   

A reminder, when you are ready to post the quilt or laundry bag you’ve created, please use the PMKEYS number given you in any correspondence with the admin team.  This helps the volunteer admin team keep a track of what’s been sent etc.  The PMKEYS number is included in the address details we supply for your recipient e.g.  the 7-digit number in bold below. 

CPL Wanda Quilt 8765432 

TG 3456 

AFPO XX 

ADF 

Sydney NSW 2890

Also, please use the Aussie Heroes PO Box address on your parcel in the event the parcel is Returned to Sender -  the PO Box is a safe place in the event of  any mishaps with postage. 

Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags) 

PO Box 248,

Cherrybrook, NSW 2126 

Don’t forget to take a photo of your completed quilt or laundry bag to email to AHQ with the name and PMKEYS of the recipient and we can include in the Weekly Dispatches blog and add to the tally of quilts and laundry bags sent off to the troops.  I personally love viewing the photos of those projects dispatched – so inspiring. 

If you are using an AHQ supplied prepaid satchel please kindly use the AHQ address for the return address– also for your own packaging – if a parcel is Returned to Sender it is likely we can expedite its journey to the recipient from Sydney.

Please also please hold on to the Tracking number (the pink sticker that you should remove before posting – we’ve experienced mail delays lately (haven’t we all?) and having the Tracking number is very reassuring to keep an eye on the parcel’s progress in arriving at its destination. 

Don’t forget, if you look at today’s Request List and need help choosing, please feel free to get in touch to discuss, we will be ready to reply and offer guidance by email. Our goal is to help you find a request that you will be comfortable with doing. If you need a crest etc we may be able to post embroideries / printed fabric images or email some of these to you. 

Helpful info may be gleaned here  http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/information-post-for-those-that-sew-for.html    I look forward to seeing the photos of completed quilts and LBs when they are ready to post off. 

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE copy the ENTIRE line if you wish to nominate for a quilt or laundry bag.  

For example…. 

Marvel Theme. Ironman     M       LB      1 

This is really important to make sure that neither you nor I copy the wrong number which could lead to me giving you the wrong details for specific request.  If you find it hard to copy and paste, please copy the line out as above.  

Decoding The Columns 

The first column is the theme or preferences requested. 

The second column indicates the gender of the recipient. 

The third column is as follows. 

B=both quilt and laundry bag (feel free to nominate to JUST do the laundry bag if you wish) 

Q= just a quilt 

LB = just a laundry bag 

F= female 

M= male 

Please let the Admin crew know if you have any other questions....Just email friendsofahq@gmail.com  

Looking forward to seeing what you want to make this week. Happy stitching! 

Cheers, 

Jan-Maree

P.P.S.  Don't forget to check out AHQ on the Blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


Rising Sun with operation details -
Australian National Flag ,
Regiment Badge, 
Colt M4 SOCOMD Rifle, (can provide photo)
Infantry Combat Badge and
Red Poppy Flower
Operations details -  can be embroidered.
(we can supply an embroidered Rising Sun with details and badges)
Laundry bag - Rising Sun, Aussie flag, Regiment badge, Infantry Combat badge, poppies
(We can provide the badges)

M

B

1

RAAF crest, Electricity, Radar and E-7A Wedgetail Themed (We can provide the RAAF crest and the aircraft silhouette)

M

LB

2

Favourite colours are Navy Blue & Royal Blue - Carlton (AFL) and Canterbury-Bankstown (Rugby) (both teams Navy and white). Marvel Superheroes and Mountain Biking

M

Q

3

Regimental Badge, Australian Flag, Union Jack, Maltese Cross, RASIGS, Manchester United

M

B

4

Australian Flag, RASIGS, Video Games (Halo, Skyrim & Star Wars) & Technology

M

B

5

Paramatta Eels

M

B

6

Ocean, sand, gum trees, Legal Corps Badge, Regimental badge, the letters TF12 ROT VIII, Rising Sun

M

B

7

Black quilt with poppies, Regimental badge, RAAOC Badge. The letters TF12 ROT VIII, Rising Sun

M

B

8

Regimental Logo, Artillery Badge, Text: ""TF12 Rotation VIII"",
Australian Flag, Rising Sun"

M

B

9

Rising sun, soldier silhouette (shadow/black), AAIC, slouch hat, Poppies, Green colours
(We can provide an embroidered Rising Sun and AAIC emblem)

F

Q

10

Rising Sun, soldier silhouettes (shadow/black), RACT badge, Poppies, Australia Flag, Dark Forest Themed  (we can provide service badges)

M

Q

11

Rising Sun with Rank and Name (placed in centre of quilt), Green quilt, Gold Captain 'pips' horizontally below the Rising Sun, Gold Royal Australian Corps of Transport symbol in each corner
(we are able to supply the Rising Sun with text and RACT badge)

M

Q

12

RAAF Crest with personal details and deployment details
Wedgetail airplane silhouette on a blue background with Scales of Justice and Map/Outline of Europe.
(we can supply the crest with text, Scales of Justice and Wedgetail silhouette)

F

Q

13

Middle Eastern/Egyptian theme using the colours for the Multi National Force Observers orange and white as the primary colours.
(We can provide the MFO Badge)

M

Q

14

North Queensland Cowboys or Wallabies Rugby Union theme would be amazing.

M

B

15

Egyptian theme with Multi National Force and Observers logo with text and the Australian Flag.     
Orange and white as the main colours.
(we can provide the MFO logo)

M

Q

16

Muti National Force & Observers logo with text with Orange and white as the main colours.
(we can provide the MFO logo)

M

LB

17

Red, white & Black, Poppies & daisies. Anything and everything fitness and sport. "MFO PTI"
(We can provide the MFO badge and the PTI Badge)

F

Q

18

RAAF Crest with surname as text, Multinational Force Observers (MFO) Logo and Australian Flag and Egyptian themed
(we can provide the crest & logo)                  

M

Q

19

Modern military theme, Rising Sun, Skippy Badge Modern silhouette of soldier over a camo Aussie flag central.  RAR themed images (mortars) around the outside predominantly in earthy camouflage colours. Roman numeral VI for 6RAR somewhere. Multinational Forces Observer (MFO) badge with text.
(we can provide the MFO badge with text and RAR skippy corps badge)

M

Q

20

Multinational Forces & Observers Badge with text . Colours green, orange and white.
Badger (animal) to represent the Force Protection Branch
(we can supply MFO badge and image of badger holding MFO badge)

F

B

21

Egyptian themed (Pyramids, Great Sphinx etc) with subtle inclusion of Lord of the Rings symbology. With text "Nada Especial" OP MAZURKA 57A 2024
(we can provide text if needed)

M

B

22

Egyptian/middle eastern themed. Sausage Dogs/ German Shepherds. With text OP MAZURKA 57A 2024 (we can provide the text if needed)

M

B

23

Rising Sun (no personal details please), Army themed, Afghanistan etc
(we can supply the rising sun)

M

Q

24

Rising Sun, Army and ANZAC Day themed with Australian flag design
(we can provide the Rising Sun)

M

B

25

Egyptian theme, Multi National Force and Observers logo with text and the Australian Flag.  Favourite colour is Blue and likes flowers
(we can provide the MFO badge and text)

F

Q

26

Rising Sun, Army and ANZAC Day themed with Australian flag design
(we can provide the Rising Sun)

M

B

27

Dark background colour like night sky with The Sun, The Moon and The Stars.

M

Q

28

Qld State of Origin colours and emblem
-Initials-  PKT
-PMKEYS

F

LB

29

RAAF Crest and Air Force themed.
Interests: health/medical (recipient is a Medical Technician), karaoke, planes, scooby doo
Her favourite colour is purple
(we can supply the crest)

F

Q

30

RAN crest on Navy blue
Served  April 87 - Feb 1995
Thank you for your service.
1959 Holden Convertible called Suzzette
We have photos of the car that can be printed on fabric.
(We can provide the RAN crest with personal details)

M

Q

31

Sydney Roosters NRL Team

M

Q

32

Purple, Western Bulldogs

M

Q

33

Purple, Melbourne Storm, Lightning Bolts

M

Q

34

Blue, Sydney Roosters

M

Q

35

Navy Crest – Writer Branch Symbol  - camping – and a submarine

F

LB

36

Penrith Panthers (NRL)

M

Q

37

Purple, Car Engines, 4wding (79 Series), Spearfishing

M

Q

38

RAN crest, Marvel / DC, 4WD / Camping, Video games
(We can supply RAN crest)

M

Q

39

Red and Blue (Newcastle Knights)
Motorsports (F1)

M

Q

40

Red and Black
Starwars (Siths and Darthvader)

M

Q

41

4x4 Driving Theme

M

Q

42

West Coast Eagles (AFL) and F-111 Aircraft

M

Q

43

Holden V8 Cars

M

Q

44

RAN crest HMAS Huon Crest, Maritime Mines, Navy (we can provide the crests)

M

Q

45

Submarines and Ice Hockey (we an send you some submarine fabric)

M

Q

46

Outdoor, Adventure

M

Q

47

Navy Crest with personal details - Navy or Beach Themed.  Has a yacht named  Tango and raced Ducati motorbikes
(we can provide an embroidered Navy Crest with details)

M

Q

48

RAN Crest with personal details. Poppy theme
(we can supply the RAN Crest)

M

Q

49

Sydney Swans

M

Q

50

Airforce Crest with service details, blue/green colours. Loves guppy fish. Would also like wife and daughter's name on quilt
(we can provide an embroidered RAAF crest and names)

M

Q

51

RAAF crest, Logistics, Cricket
Reserve Cadet Squadron

M

Q

52

Rising Sun with Op Resolute TSE 112 as text Initials on bag
(we can provide embroidered Rising Sun with text)

M

LB

53

Rising Sun with Op Resolute TSE 112 as text Initials on bag
(we can provide embroidered Rising Sun with text)

M

LB

54

Rising Sun with Op Resolute TSE 112 as text Initials on bag
(we can provide embroidered Rising Sun with text)

M

LB

55

Rising Sun with Op Resolute TSE 112 as text Initials on bag
(we can provide embroidered Rising Sun with text)

M

LB

56

Rising Sun with Op Resolute TSE 112 as text Initials on bag
(we can provide embroidered Rising Sun with text)

M

LB

57

Rising Sun with Op Resolute TSE 112 as text Initials on bag
(we can provide embroidered Rising Sun with text)

M

LB

58

Navy Crest with Op Resolute TSE HQ as text Initials on bag
(we can provide embroidered Crest with text)

M

LB

59

Rising Sun with Op Resolute TSE HQ as text Initials on bag
(we can provide embroidered Rising Sun with text)

M

LB

60

RAN White Ensign, HMAS Gascoyne Ships Crest, RAN Mine Warfare and Clearance Divers Crest, Flag Alpha, Square Rigged sailing vessels, Sharks, Octopus, Kraken, Sea Mines, Ocean
(we can provide the White ensign, ship & divers  crests) 

M

B

61

RAN White Ensign, HMAS Gascoyne Ships Crest, RAN Marine Technician Rate Badge Electrical,  Square Rigged sailing vessels, Sharks, Octopus, Kraken, Sea Mines, Ocean
(we can provide the White ensign, ship crest and MT-E badge)

M

B

62

RAN White Ensign, RAN Marine Technician Rate Badge - Diesel, Rock climbing, Light blue, Nick Name
(we can provide the White ensign and MT-D badge and nick name)

M

Q

63

RAN Clearance Diver Rate Badge, Flag Alpha, shark, dive helmet, Forest green, Deadpool, Batman, Spiderman, Anime (Jujitsu kaisen, Naruto, One piece, Demon slayer, Dragon ball z, Pokรฉmon, One punch man), Jeremiah 29:11 (Bible prayer/verse)
(we can provide the CD rate badge, we can also embroider the bible verse, flag alpha is a very simple blue and white flag)

M

B

64

HMAS Gascoyne Ship Crest, RAN Naval Police Coxswain Patch, Anime themed (Demon Slayer, Naruto)
(we can provide the ships crest and  NPC patch)

M

B

65

RAN White Ensign, HMAS Gascoyne Ships Crest, RAN Marine Technician Rate Badge - Diesel,  Kraken, Sea Mines, Ocean, Western Star Trucks, Sydney Swans, Aquaman, King Neptune
(we can provide the White ensign, ships crest and MT-D badge)

M

B

66

Pokรฉmon (Pikachu then Squirtle preference). Video Games (World of Warcraft Horde, Rocket League or Super Mario). TV/Movie (Star Wars, Rick and Morty). Fave Colours (Orange/Light Blue)

M

Q

67

RAN Crest, Medical Rate Badge, Australian Natives, Pastel Colours (Pink), Australiana, Nurse/Medical, Camping, 78 Series Landcruiser
(we can provide the RAN crest and Medic Badge)

F

Q

8

Brisbane Broncos themed

M

Q

69

RAN Navy Crest, RAN PO Marine Technician Patch Electrical, Gadsden Flag, *Libertarian culture/artwork, Statue of liberty, Samurai warriors, Japanese culture/artwork, Cherry blossoms, Bengal cats
(we can provide the RAN Crest & MT-E (with crown) badge)
*In terms of Libertarian culture basically it’s a philosophy advocating for small government and personal freedoms/responsibility, there are several notable libertarians throughout history such as Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard. There is also the Libertarian party in Australia who advocate for those core ideals. I guess in terms to assist the volunteers with any images maybe just use google to search for some light hearted tongue in cheek memes poking fun at government overreach/anti big government type stuff.

M

B

70

RAN White Ensign, HMAS Gascoyne Ships Crest, Australian Flag, South Australian Flag, Sextant, Nautical Compass
(we can provide the White ensign, ships crest and flags)

M

B

71

HMAS Gascoyne Ships Crest, RAN Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Crest, Kraken, Sea Mines, Ocean, Sextant,  Transformers G1 cartoon, English Bulldog (white coat with lots of brown patches and spots named Pickles)
(we can provide the ship & MWCD crests)

M

B

72

RAN White Ensign, HMAS Perth & HMAS Gascoyne Ships Crests, Nickname
Killer whale &/or Emperor Penguin, Sonar, Ocean, Nickname 'Laz', Boxing/Muay Thai, Singapore artwork/culture, Pineapple
(we can provide the White ensign, ships crests and nick name as text)

M

Q

73

RAN White Ensign, HMAS Gascoyne Ships Crest, Mine Warfare Crest, Australian Flag, Sextant, Nautical Compass

M

Q

74

Penrith Panthers theme in Black

M

Q

75

Hunting/Camping/Fishing theme in Olive Green/Tan/Camo colours

M

Q

76

Fish/sharks/ocean/waves theme in blue/green colours

M

Q

77

Dinosaurs theme in Black and Blue

M

Q

78

Samurai theme in Black and Orange Colours

M

B

79

Dragons theme in in Black and Orange Colours

M

Q

80

Cowboys theme in any colours

M

Q

81

Space theme in blue/red and black colours

F

B

82

Torres Strait theme in Torres Strait colours

M

LB

83

KFC theme in Red/white and black

M

Q

84

Chicken Nugget theme in white

M

LB

85

Mt Fuji / Japan theme in dark blue colours

M

Q

86

The Great Wave off Kanagawa theme in ocean blue colours

M

B

87

Hawaiian/hula girls theme in blue colours

M

B

88

Grey horses theme in light blue colours

F

LB

89

Spiderman theme in any colour

M

Q

90

Cycling, Swimming & Running. Blue & red are favourite colours.

M

Q

91

Something Climbing Related (carabiners, ropes, quickdraws) with surname
(we can supply surname as text if required)

M

Q

92

Puppies

M

Q

93

Warhammer 40K

M

Q

94

Surfing Pandas

F

Q

95

Smiling shark, octopi and pineapple

M

Q

96

St Kilda AFL Mascot(saints) stomping on Tigers and Lions

M

Q

97

Cat Ghosts

M

Q

98