Poppies are Pouring In

So … it’s been less than a week and SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED.

We have had wonderful press over the last few weeks with Channel 7, Channel 9 TV, a couple of radio interviews … and this morning Marg and I appeared on ABC Breakfast News …. to chat about the project … and it’s growth, it’s very personal meaning to Marg and I, and also to the wider community.

We are now in full swing preparing poppies for the installation … that is taking ALL of our time and energy … we are constructing 80 x 10×1 metre panels of poppies … a whopping 800 square metres.  It’s looking fantastic … thanks to all of your unique poppy contributions … every single poppy has a place and, as we construct the panels, we get to marvel again at the skills, creativity and generosity of our contributors.  You are simply amazing and we cannot thank you enough.

10633891_785507404852318_7377191597940584697_oWe have been lucky enough to be working out of the Melbourne Town Hall in the centre of the City of Melbourne … and we are so thrilled that there has been so much public interest in our work … many hundreds … even thousands of visitors have been drawn in to look at what we are doing … not surprisingly!

So … we are at the Town Hall again tomorrow (Wednesday) … and then Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Federation Square to continue our poppy panel assembly, then back at the Town Hall again for four days next week. Keep your eye on the facebook group page and on the blog for further updates.

We still don’t have a permanent home for assembly which is hampering our activities somewhat but we are making incredible progress with what we have managed to secure to date.

Many of our supporters have been incredibly generous … donating funds to help with the costs of installation.  We want you to know what a difference that has made to the ultimate quality of the display.  No one will be disappointed in the final display(s).

So … we look forward to your continued support … and would love you to join us over the next week or so to help assemble the panels and look forward to meeting many of you.



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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