The Final Countdown

Good afternoon all.

We are having an amazing time assembling the display for our massive field of poppies for ANZAC Day, and it will be a MASSIVE field. We are assembling around 800 square metres of gorgeous handmade (with love) poppies from all over the world … but mostly home grown in Australia.

Today there are close to 40 people in our workroom at the Town Hall having a wonderful time creating something very special.  Just to share with you the diversity of where we come from …. Bendigo, Ringwood Nth, Glen Iris, Essendon, Hawthorn, California Gully, Mooroolbark, Mitiamo, Fawkner, Fiji, Abbotsford, Cheltenham, Surrey Hills, Parkdale, Sunbury, Croydon, Dundee NT, Mont Albert, Bayswater, Kilsyth, Point Cook, Blackburn South, CBD, Rosanna, Fitzroy, Aspendale, Oakleigh just to name a few.


So … here is the thing.

We now have enough poppies for our project … well and truly.

We are winding down our collections now.  We have amassed an amazing 225,762 poppies from contributors all over the world and there will still be a few more late ones coming in.  So thank you we are done.

But it doesn’t have to end there …

If you are still making poppies or if you have just started … that’s not a bad thing.  What I would REALLY love to see now is for those people who still want to make a difference with their poppies … is MASSIVE YARN BOMBS (be brave) in your area.  Cover inanimate objects in and around your suburb on ANZAC Day … your town hall, your local RSL, your local Cenotaphs, your local cafe, school, retirement villages … cover them all.  Do it with our love, our respect and let them know that we remember their service and their sacrifice.

This fantastic project has started a massive community movement and we are proud of your commitment and your involvement.

Marg and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Lynn xxxxx

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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8 Responses to The Final Countdown

  1. Diane Collyer says:

    I am now on holiday in Rotorua, NZ, my home town and it has been an honour, a privilege and a pleasure to be of this massive undertaking. Look forward to seeing you all on Anzac Day. Love and blessings, Diane Collyer.

  2. Fran Williams from Tassie says:

    I’m looking forward to being part of this on Wednesday! Much better than shopping!

  3. Pammy Frangipani says:

    Hi Lynn, what a wonderful email to receive today. Congratulations to all the “helpers”, and to all the people who have been involved. I have, from the beginning, and yes, we here in Strathalbyn, Adelaide Hills, are working on making wreaths with our poppies at present for our RSL Anzac Day.
    Saw an article on Chanel 9 news Sunday night about the project of putting them together, how proud I felt for being involved in something that started many months ago.
    Love Pammy Frangipani

    • 5000poppies says:

      I so agree Pammy. And you have been with us almost from the start!
      We are now counting down the days and have a multitude of stuff to do before we get to the end.
      It’s a little overwhelming at this point but we will make it.
      Thank you again for all your help.

  4. wilma aylward says:

    If you have any poppies that missed the deadline you can take them to a cemetery and place them on a diggers grave. I put mine onto a bamboo stick and placed it in the ground,

    Sent from Windows Mail

  5. Alexandra Wormleaton says:

    To Marg and Lynn, I thank you for letting me and hundreds of others to be a small part of this great idea. Well done and to all your helpers a HUGE HUG and a BIG THANK YOU.

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Alexandra,
      Actually it’s many thousands …. we estimate over 30,000 people have contributed to our little project. How amazing. Can’t wait to see the final outcome.
      Lynn x

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