Hi Ho … Hi Ho …

Happy Wednesday all …

Yesterday was our first day back at Poppy Headquarters in Melbourne, and WOW … THE MAIL!!!

In short, there was well in excess of 11,000 AWM poppies delivered to PHQ over the break … not quite a record but huge nonetheless. Much bigger than any of our expectations.

So … drum roll here … we also managed to complete our commitment to the RSL for 50,000 pinned poppies for the 2018 Poppy Appeal.  An amazing feat and months ahead of schedule.

I am in awe of you all.

And, another drum roll is in order … we are also WELL ahead of our schedule for our stems for the Australian War Memorial for Remembrance Day this year.

Our Canberra team is flying with the creation of some 10,000 plus stems to add to the 28,000 that are sitting in our warehouse waiting for their next big outing … more than half way to our target of 62,000 and months ahead of schedule (although we will be making extra stems to cover breakages over the 5 week installation period).

Our i-corders and goopers have been tested to keep up with demand for “stems” from our Canberra team,  but now that our RSL commitment is complete … it will be all hands on deck for these tasks … we will be churning out stemmed poppies by the multitudes in no time …

So I think it’s time to down poppymaking tools for a time, until we can take stock of our resources here.  We will be over subscribed with our poppies for both projects, there is no doubt, but we have some plans afoot as I’ve mentioned before.  All very exciting and the team is raring to go.

So, let’s take a break, put our crochet hooks and knitting needles away for a time, and send in your wonderful poppies now … Then we can see where we are at.

Again … I am in awe of you all!!!

With love and much, much gratitude.





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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5 Responses to Hi Ho … Hi Ho …

  1. Lyn Shaw says:

    Hi Ladies, As I have involvement with the poppies here in Inverloch, just wondering what the stems are made from and if there is a pattern/process for the green covering? Hoping to send some more to you if I get another excess, to help out for Remembrance Day. Regards, Lyn Shaw

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Helen Plater says:

    Hi so where would you like me to send my Poppy’s I have done.

  3. Marie Williams says:

    Hello to all the lovely people who are knitting poppies. A couple of weeks ago I sent 350 poppies with a name sewn on to each poppy to acknowledge all the fallen soldiers who did not return to the Mackay and district area. I would love to think they could be displayed as a group of poppies from Marie Williams from Mackay. Thank you and keep knitting.

  4. Marie Williams says:

    Marie Williams from Mackay….email address ….marieanne.48@hotmail.com

    • Helen Plater says:

      How did you put the names on the Poppy’s, I am not a very good sewing person can I get one of those name tags they use at school to name there clothes.

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