7 Days to Pledge

Good morning poppy makers and friends …

This time next week we will know if we have done the impossible …. raised $40,000 in pledges in just seven days to get us over the line with our crowdfunding initiative.

We are still at less than slightly less than 20% of our target, so if you are sitting on the fence … this is your big chance to support our wonderful grassroots, made by hand with love project …

It is our way of showing honour, respect and remembrance in a very visual way … please sponsor a poppy and ask all your friends family and colleagues to do the same.


Seven days …. $40,000

We can do this!!!!

Theresa Peters



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This is the year!!!!

Half of January gone already and I feel like it’s only just started.

Is the world revolving faster … or am I a little slower …. OR … is it an optical illusion.

So much to achieve in a few short months. And we will be looking for many volunteers to help us to pull the display together once we have final sign off from those who govern OHS practices for community art project in public spaces (please let it be soon).

In the meantime, we are busily attaching poppies to stems for our March outing at the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show as part of Phillip Johnson’s Anzac Tribute Garden the teaser to the main event in April.

We have ONLY 12 days to go on our POZIBLE crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 towards the costs of display and transportation of the installation.  We are well short of our target … with just over $8,000 pledged.  In the event that a miracle happens within the 12 day period … I will be able to rest a little easier.  If not … we will be activating plan B ….

Please be assured that the display will go ahead funds or no funds … it may just be a little different … although no less spectacular.  We have come far too far … and have invested far to much in the project not to make it amazing for us all and it will be amazing … no matter how we display it.

Goolwa South AustraliaThank you to the Goolwa team for use of the photograph

But … a couple of people have asked me recently why so much money? And the answer that I gave on the facebook page follows :

 … Firstly …. Let me just say … This project has had an amazing response from the wider community right from the very start … Marg and I have been overwhelmed … Literally and figuratively by the generosity of people … All of us really … Have given our time, our hearts, our own money to make this project what it is today … And what it will become. There are many points of view on the raising of funds and how to do it … But a little history … In the beginning … When it was just 5000 poppies … My husband and I were more than happy to fund the display … Of course … We wouldn’t have done it otherwise. We estimated we would need around $10,000 to do it well and we were willing to bear that cost. The generosity of a few friends early in the piece also helped with the ongoing admin costs … So moving on … The truth is now … This will be a major work …. 100,000 plus poppies is HUGE … We are looking at approx 1200 square metres of poppies … The materials cost alone to pull that together is around $15,000 – $20,000 plus transport plus storage plus rigging and equipment hire … Major art installations in public places are governed by stringent OH&S guidelines and we need to make sure these are covered … And then there is public liability insurance … And so the list goes on. And I just don’t have that kind of money! And we have not been eligible for a government grant to date. So we thought that crowdfunding might be a good way to go. Spread the cost over a large number of people to help to make our little project happen …

So … and this is really important. I am delighted that people have pledged on the Pozible site for us … BUT … I don’t want anyone to feel they MUST or feel like they are letting the side down if they don’t contribute. We WILL get enough funds … I am determined. If you don’t want to contribute money please don’t. There is NO judgement on your choice. You don’t need to justify to us or anyone … Contribute or don’t contribute … Your contribution of poppies and your wonderful support for the project to date is enough!!! It’s as simple as that. This project is ultimately about the sentiment … honouring our servicemen and women … And also the community and connection that such an amazing project has developed … We WILL find enough money …

…. On that note … I would like to point out that all money raised (no matter how it is raised) will go towards the costs of displaying the installation throughout the Centenary period … no one in our volunteer admin group is taking a cent out of funds.  In fact, on the contrary … many have supplied yarn and tools, and personal donations (some very generous) towards the cost of printing etc and admin.

I am feeling like that was all just a bit too serious …. but it needed to be said.

On a lighter note ….. we have amassed an amazing 81,983 poppies with more pouring in every day and thousands more still out there.

Please feel free to start sending in your poppies now if you haven’t already … we would like to get a feel for what we will be working with.

If you haven’t already, please consider supporting us on Pozible and ask your friends, family, work colleagues, customers, everybody really … to do the same.

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2015 is Just Around The Corner

Just a quick hello from me to wish you a very safe, happy, abundant year … overflowing with all those things that are important to you.

I can’t believe it’s a month since I last posted … December certainly went by in a whirl of activity … and I believe Christmas was in there somewhere … that feels like a long time ago .. not just four days.

I hope that you have all had a wonderful festive season … filled with love and laughter and family and friends … I have had a couple of weeks break and enjoyed every minute … with a few more days to go and then back into it big time next week.

This year has been an incredible journey … what we (all of us) are doing is important on so many levels … and I am constantly amazed and awed by your involvement in and commitment to the  Project …  We are picking up speed as we head towards April …and there is much work to do to prepare … much work … but with your help we will reach our amazing goal.

I would love to give you a sneak peek at what we have planned but we need to keep it under wraps until we have final signoffs by Fed Square and the Council and everyone else, and we find the funds to do what we want to do.

So please think about supporting our fundraising efforts on Pozible.  We have only 29  days to go, and to date have raised less than $5,000 so we have a VERY long way to go in a VERY short time frame.  So please make a pledge and also encourage your friends, family, work colleagues and acquaintances to also support us. And remember that unless we raise the full amount … we will not see one cent.    If you are unhappy about pledging online … feel free to send a cheque made out to 5000 Poppies and … we will make the pledge on your behalf.

Port Broughton RSLRemembrance day Poppy tribute at Port Broughton RSL


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Everything is POZIBLE

We have some VERY exciting news …

This week we have gone live with our Pozible crowd funding initiative.

We are looking to raise in excess of $50,000 to cover the costs of our display for Anzac Day next year.  The incredible participation rate, and the growth of the project from 5,000 to 100,000 plus poppies over the last 18 months, has meant that we need more dollars to mount the display … and we need your help.

We know that many of you have worked REALLY REALLY hard in helping to create this amazing poppy tribute (and amazing it will be).  And now we are asking you to help us to fund our display either directly through sponsoring a poppy or by sharing our crowd funding initiative with everyone you know and even some you don’t and encouraging them to participate.

St Ursulas College ToowoombaWe need to raise $50,000 in pledges before one cent comes to the project, so please share, share, share and then share this with all of your friends and family, colleagues and acquaintances. We have a limited time frame and the timing with Christmas in between is not perfect … so I ask you to act now and encourage everyone you know to consider sponsoring a poppy or poppies.

There are many sponsorship options … from $12.00 to $5000.00 … and an opportunity to have your sponsored poppies feature in Phillip Johnson’s Anzac Tribute garden at the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show in March next year. Here is the link again.  http://www.pozible.com/project/188623

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Wish us luck!!!

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our wonderful nationwide community tribute.


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Just three short weeks ago I published that our total had reached 50,000.  And now this week we have clicked over the 60,000 mark. Do you get the feeling that something very special is building here and it is going to be REALLY BIG!!!!

Built with so much respect and gratitude … it’s kinda to me like paying it forward on so many levels so how could it be anything else.

I know your hearts will swell with pride when you see the images of our services personnel marching through a field of our poppies … knowing that you have contributed.  It makes my heart swell.  Now I am just getting all gushy here, but it’s hard not to!!!

I say it time and time again that you guys are AMAZING! There are poppies coming from everywhere and I love it that you can all share the vision that Marg and I have for this wonderful community project.

OK enough of that.  I thought I would share some of the lovely images that were posted on the facebook group and sent separately to me in and around Remembrance Day.  There are some very creative people in our poppy community and some incredible sentiment that has just been looking for a little bit of inspiration.  Congratulations to all of you for all your wonderful displays.  Enjoy.

1st Lethbridge Cub ScoutsSandringham & District Historical Society Albany WA Alphington Grammar School Auckland New Zealand Australian Bosnian Community Boronia Library Diane Rhodes War Memorial Canberra Donald Fed Square Melbourne Frankston Library Goolwa South Australia Horsham Library 1 Horsham Library 2 Horsham Library 3 Hunters Green Retirement Village Jacaranda embroidery group Lilydale Library Lovely family image from Kate Edney Maryborough Craft Fest Mitchelton High School Mooroolbark Vic Morning Peninsula War Widows Guild Pomona Poppy planting by Fiona Williams Port Broughton RSL Prince Edward gifted a poppy by our very own Judy Carroll Puckapunyal Remembrance Day Toowoomba Smythesdale Historical Society Southern Jazz Club Adelaide Springwood NSW St Ursulas College Toowoomba  Unknown library location via Kay DickensonTheresa Peters Unknown location via Jodie Lunson Unknown location via Karen Winch Unknown location via Pam Hislop Walkerville SA Wodonga Library Wreath from Susan Hammond Yarra Library Richmond


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Well my fellow poppy makers … Big round of applause here … you are amazing!!!!!

We have passed the 50,000 poppy milestone …

Marg and I are continually stunned, thrilled and incredibly humbled by your work!!!  We still get excited every time we open the mail … and we are still surprised by the variations on the poppy theme.  My back room is filling up fast with boxes of poppies as you would imagine, and we are working on the final designs … We are expecting that ultimately we will have in excess of 100,000 poppies … it’s hard to know but when all those local Remembrance Day events are done with and all those community groups that are displaying locally send their collections to us … the numbers will swell to overflowing.  YAY!  In turn, our installation is obviously going to be much bigger than we initially had planned for and there are a lot of issues to be managed with the change in size … but we are getting very excited about the outcome … and we know you will be astounded.

Loomband Poppies by Zoe Greenhill Aged 10

Loomband Poppies by Zoe Greenhill Aged 10

We have had a number of really wonderful events in recent weeks … First Convoy in Melbourne, The Stitches and Craft Show also in Melbourne and the unveiling of many thousands of beautiful poppies at the First Convoy Commemorative events in and around Albany in Western Australia in the last week.  Many of you would have seen the images and are now coming to understand just what we are hoping to achieve with this massive art installation … We hope you are getting as excited about the outcome as we are.

Marg and I are also thrilled that The New Zealand contingent have collected well over the 10,000 beautiful poppies on their way to 18,000 plus … in honour of their ANZAC heroes.  What a wonderful international phenomenon this has become.

So on to more practical issues … we have many new collection points coming on board all the time … so if you are wondering whether you have a local collection point to drop your poppies off … check the collection points page on the blog.

If you have sent poppies to us and can’t find your name and dedication on the blog … let us know and we will investigate.  Keeping up with this information is detailed and quite time consuming so bear with us … we will get there.

We will be in Federation Square in Melbourne opposite Flinders Street Railway Station (if the weather is good) on 11 November from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.  Bring your hooks/needles and yarn to sit and make with us … if you wish or simply drop by to say hello … and/or drop of your poppies.  We look forward to seeing you.  If the weather is inclement … we will be downstairs in the Atrium near the Ian Potter Gallery entrance.  You can’t miss us.

Keep your eye on the blog and the facebook page for events/workshops/displays.

That’s it for now.

Enjoy making.



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Poppies, Poppies and More Poppies

Good morning poppy makers and friends … we have had a REALLY busy few weeks at Poppy HQ in Melbourne … with planning for our initial display well underway … a few radio interviews, the First Convoy Commemoration at Princes Pier last week and the Stitches and Craft Show in Melbourne to prepare for, not to mention the counting of poppies and documenting the contributors and dedications … it’s getting bigger all the time and I didn’t think we could get any more excited … but we are bursting with joy here.

We are currently at 42,898 and inching our way towards 50,000 by Remembrance Day (I knew we could do it)  … and this week’s mail is huge.  We have also collected over 2000 beautiful poppies from the earlier Stitches and Craft Show in Newcastle as well as the Melbourne Show.  Amazing!!!  I have no doubt that our revised 102K plus target is well and truly in sight.

How amazing you are.

So if you happen to be in Melbourne for the weekend … we are at Stitches and Craft at Caulfield Racecourse for the rest of the weekend and if you are not busy on Remembrance Day this year (which is a Tuesday) … we will be at Fed Square on the Forecourt from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Would LOVE to see you.

Stitches and Craft Melbourne

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