Yesterday was a big day for me …

What an exciting day I had yesterday.  My first ever radio interview with Cameron Wilson from the Bush Telegraph segment on Radio National talking about the 5000 Poppies Project … I must admit I was just a tad nervous.
Cameron was appropriately impressed with the project, and when he read some of the dedications … I kinda felt like he was surprised that people would share such heartfelt stories with us.  And also surprised that it’s possible just through word of mouth (and of course the power of the internet) that you can garner such support for a project of this nature.  He obviously does not know crafters!!!  You can listen to the podcast here
So now the ABC have challenged us to make in excess of 60,000 poppies for the Australian contingent … and with the uptake we are experiencing … it does not seem outside the realms of possibility … or am I dreaming?  Nevertheless … we are well on the way to our first 5000 and don’t really want to stop there.  So I’d love to know if you think we could do that?  They don’t all have to be planted in Melbourne … we would love to see some regional displays as well … and they can count towards the total.  And then there is New Zealand : 5000 in New Zealand is a goodly number … I am planning to send a bunch over to New Zealand in memory of my father-in-law Alden Berry, who was a New Zealander but flew with the RAF during WWII.
We really cannot thank all of you who are taking this project by the horns and breathing life into it enough … for sharing your time, your skills and your wonderful stories with us … it’s quite humbling.
Enjoy your poppy making.

Bairnsdale RSL Womens Auxiliary


About 5000 Poppies

The 5000 Poppies Project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance for our servicemen and women, their families and their communities. Created in 2013 by sisters in law Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight in honour of their fathers service in WWII, the project has been closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018, and has consisted of a number of small and large scale installations made from handcrafted poppies from many thousands of contributors from all over the world.
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6 Responses to Yesterday was a big day for me …

  1. robyn smith says:

    sounds like a doable plan to me !!!! everyone is happy making poppies & there are so many creative people out there some of the pictures that are coming up on facebook are truly inspiring keep up the good work everyone !!!!

    • 5000 Poppies says:

      So true Robyn … loving the way this project just continues to inspire … and loving the work everyone is sending in … its very humbling.
      Kindest regards,
      Lynn Berry

  2. Dear Lynn , Of course we can achieve any poppy number any one could pick out of a hat – simple! Let’s do it ! We’re all with you all the way and back xxx

  3. Lynette Donaldson says:

    A wonderful project. I have moved and I do not have my things with us yet. I will gather some needles and hook together and get cracking again on some poppies. I have made some locally just myself so I have a pattern saved- I think!🙄 This is a wonderful project and helps us connect emotionally to all of those women who knitted, socks, scarves, balaclavas for the troops. Keep up the good work! Lest we forget!

    • 5000 Poppies says:

      Hi Lynette,
      Thanks for your comments.
      I love the way this project connects us all to each other, and to the past in such an incredibly beautiful way.
      Enjoy making.
      Kind regards,

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