Poppy Mania …. it’s all happening here!

It’s been a while … and soooooo much has been happening.

The exciting news is we have passed the 100,000 mark … on Monday we counted 23,414 poppies taking us to a total of 114,530 … we now think we will have in excess of 150,000 gorgeous handmade poppies to show off to the world … we are AWESOME ….

So we have asked now for people to down tools and start sending their precious poppies to us … especially those with large quantities.  We really need to have an idea of what we are working with so we can plan accordingly.  For those who have just joined us … we will still be collecting up until the mid-March deadline … but would love larger quantities sooner rather than later.

We are still fundraising … and so incredibly grateful for the helping hand from all those poppy friends out there who have donated small and large amounts … every cent will go towards the display …

5000 Poppies Craft and Quilt Melbourne 2014

As we count down to Anzac Day … there is much work to be done and we are feverishly looking for a suitable space to act as a workshop … this is our most urgent need … we need a space from NOW until the end of April.  Specifically, we need somewhere relatively close to the city on the eastern side … Richmond, South Yarra, Prahran, Malvern, Glen Iris etc.  big enough for us to set up two big worktables, and house somewhere in the vicinity of 20 people at a time, along with all our boxes (around 80 boxes at this stage).  We want to be able to set up our work and leave it up with access seven days a week … so obviously we need it to be secure, with power for a cup of tea, and good lighting for us to work in.  No rent or nominal rent would be a huge bonus of course.  Can you help?  A hall, a shopfront, a warehouse … somewhere around 50 to 100 sqm close to public transport (for those who don’t drive).  Not asking for too much here!!!!!!!

Once we have settled in to our new premises we will need volunteers … many and regular … we expect the display will take many man hours to complete and we will be asking for help from just about everyone we know to help pull it together over what remains of February, March and into April.  We hope to have it complete by the first or second week in April to give us time to catch our breath before the next stage. It’s so close now I can taste it!

What a journey this project has been, and Marg and I as always are humbled by your commitment, your contribution … large and small … and we are beyond thrilled to have been part of such an amazing undertaking.

I should also make mention here that the Peninsula Ladies are organising a wonderful Poppy Luncheon at The Briars in Mt Martha on Friday 13 March with all funds raised going towards the project … it will be a wonderful social afternoon … from midday til 2.00 p.m.  Contact Carol Copp on 0411405597 for more information … tickets are selling fast at $30.00 each … Marg and I will be there … I think perhaps one of us might say a few words about the project as well … but mostly it will be an opportunity for us to meet without needles or crochet hooks in hand.  It will be fun.


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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14 Responses to Poppy Mania …. it’s all happening here!

  1. Monica Bensberg says:

    Could Girl Guides Victoria help with a storage space? Maybe a Guide Hall this is not being fully utilised?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Monica,
      Unfortunately many of the halls that scouts and guides use are in use for many other activities and we need to be able to set up and leave with 7 day access and space to spread out. I have been offered the use of a local scout hall but has limited use and we need to pack up each time. I am looking for something a little more secure.
      I will keep looking and in the meantime, use my house as a backup plan.

  2. Ann Bailey says:

    Congratulations on your efforts, it is amazing, unfortunately I wish I had a warehouse for you, but I would love to be a volunteer to help you when you find the space, so put my name down. Ann Bailey at this email address.

    Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:37:09 +0000 To: annbailey1@hotmail.com

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Ann,
      There will be much to do and we will be working all hours to get it done.
      Keep your eye on the blog and/or join our facebook group … we will let you know when there are workshops on.
      Thank you so much for your support.
      Warm regards,
      Lynn Berry

  3. Renton Beryl says:

    What address do we send them to…


  4. mgormaz says:

    Congratulations on achieving over 100,000 poppies. Can not help with space but can volunteer some time on the weekends if u require. Keep me on your list. Regards Marisol

    Sent from my iPhone


    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Marisol.
      There will be much to do and we will be working all hours to get it done.
      Keep your eye on the blog and/or join our facebook group … we will let you know when there are workshops on.
      Thank you so much for your support.

  5. annette Mcrae says:

    Fantastic effort.. Gawler Quilting Circle S.A hope to send 500 1st week of March .We have a meeting Monday evening and will finalise amounts then.How do prospective volunteers contact you?Dates times place?This is has been a fantastic community event .We have a display in our local Kornacraft shop window. We will dismantle it Feb 28th and send all poppies together.We have a couple of great photos of ladies working but I am nor sure of the procedure to send them on to you?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Annette,
      That’s amazing. So looking forward to receiving your lovely poppies.
      I would love to see the photographs … Just attach them to an email and send to 5000poppies@gmail.com
      It has been quite an amazing journey. So thrilled you could be part of it.
      Warm regards,
      Lynn Berry

  6. Diane Collyer says:

    We leave for New Zealand on March 14 for five weeks as we go home to Rotorua to celebrate out niece’s 21st birthday. Assuming I knit my usual one poppy per day, I will be sending about 73 in the first week of March.  Of course I may be motivated to knit more than one each day, so that number may rise. Am so looking forward to the finished product. So sorry I can’t help with storage or a workroom. All the best,Diane.

  7. 5000poppies says:

    You are a machine Diane. Enjoy your trip. Sounds wonderful.

  8. Katherine says:

    An RSL perhaps? A school, that might then also help out with the assembly as a community service activity leading up to Anzac Day? I guess you have thought of these already.

  9. The Southport Branch of the Embroiderers Guild have theirs ready to send… will get them in the post over the weekend! Fifi Baker

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