WOW … good afternoon all … I haven’t posted for a while, in fact, it’s been over a month. Where did that time go?
So a huge welcome to all the newest members of our team. We seem to have stabilised at around 12,300ish members on the facebook group now … but there are many, many others who are not facebook connected. It’s impossible to know just how many of you are out there making poppies, but I suspect there are many.
Every week when the mail comes in, it’s like Christmas for us … another step closer to our two rather lofty targets (50,000/62,000), and apart from all of the wonderful poppies … there are also your cards, and stories and dedications … and recording these dedications and the contributors is just as important to the Project as the making of the poppies. Yes we make poppies with love in our hearts and in gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women … but this is a rather historical project in its own right and we are trying to be sure to keep as accurate a record as we can. That being said, we are slowly catching up with the admin work thanks to Deb Lewis. Poppies sent to poppy headquarters are documented weekly, and others including those arriving at the War Memorial and the collection points will follow once we receive the information.
Last week we reached another milestone … 30,000 poppies collected for the RSL for the 2018 poppy appeal (only 20,000 to go) and we are up to somewhere in the vicinity of 12,000 collected at PHQ for the AWM … we know there are many more out there … but we haven’t received paperwork on them yet … it will follow over time. We will do a call-in in early December to reconcile where we are at and to enable us to start 2018 with a clear idea of what we still need to achieve our goals. Meanwhile … we keep making.
A couple of key points though … we are receiving hundreds if not thousands of poppies without the ends sewn in … these unfinished poppies are not suitable for either of our projects, and so need considerable work to make them ready for use … we would prefer to receive less finished poppies than hundreds of unfinished poppies … so if it’s a toss up for you, we would be happy for you to make fewer finished poppies, ends sewn in, buttons or other centres firmly attached. This makes the task for the small teams in both Melbourne and Canberra much easier when it comes to attaching your poppies to stems.
The second is, if you are POSTING your poppies … please POST to 5000 Poppies, P.O. Box 115, Ashburton 3147. Otherwise you are welcome to drop off to any of the collection points on the blog including the AWM.
And, if you haven’t already, you should read the FAQ on the blog or the pinned post on the facebook group … lots of juicy information about the whys and wherefores there for you.
It is so exciting to see these wonderful projects progressing as well as they are.
Love your work!!!