Good afternoon, and happy new year to our poppy tribe everywhere … may your year be filled with love, laughter, family and friends …
I am pinching myself that 2018 has arrived already … right on schedule. The last five years have both flown by and dragged in equal measure, but this year will definitely fly … and it’s going to be huge for all of us involved in this amazing community tribute of respect and remembrance for our Service men and women past and present.
I see some of our groups are already up and running for 2018 which is amazing.
Poppy headquarters will not be resuming work at the East Malvern RSL until Tuesday 23 January, and there will be NO second Monday of the month at Fed Square this month. We will resume in February. We felt after five years working on the project, we needed a well earned break to recharge our batteries and give ourselves some space for planning.
To date we have now collected over 50,000 poppies for our AWM installation for Remembrance Day this year, and our stem production program is well in hand and will ramp up in the coming months.
I know there are many of you are continuing to make poppies for AWM and I want to advise that we are planning an additional installation at another important Canberra institution for Remembrance Day this year … which is also VERY, VERY exciting … more news on this when plans are more concrete. So please don’t be concerned that you will miss out. Send in your poppies.
Suffice to say that your beautiful poppies will be on display at two of Australia’s iconic institutions for Remembrance Day this year … It will be spectacular … evocative, respectful and very, very beautiful. What a privilege!
We also have a magnificent installation planned in support of the Launceston RSL’s Centenary of Armistice Concert for Remembrance Day 2018, and we are just a smidge short of finalising our commitment to the Vic RSL for the poppy appeal for 2018 … so we are moving along at a pace.
So I am very happy to advise that at this point we are well ahead of schedule … Although we still have PLENTY of work to do before November, and once the break is over … it will be all hands on deck!
So (without wishing my life away, and knowing that I need this downtime) I’m itching to get back into it …
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support.