We are now collecting 50,000 poppies for the RSL for the 2018 Poppy Appeal.  It will be amazing.  Looking for any and all who would like to make to contribute. We are hoping to raise well in excess of half a million dollars for the RSL.  With your help we can do it. Deadline for poppies for the Vic RSL Poppy Appeal is April, 2018.

We are also collecting 62,000 poppies for our installation at the Australian War Memorial for Remembrance Day 2018 … due date for poppies for this installation is July 2018.

Please keep you eye on either the blog or join our facebook group (5000 Poppies) for updates on poppy requirements for both of these projects.

There is a submission form below that you can fill in and send with your poppies.

5000 POPPIES submission form

Patterns on the blog

I will add collection points in the new year.  In the meantime … feel free to make a start


Poppies can be sent to P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic 3147

More info soon.

69 Responses to SUBMIT POPPIES

  1. Vicki Jenkins says:

    Mansfield CWA will be making Poppies to donate.

    • Vicki Jenkins says:

      Please visit us at CWA Mansfield VIC on Facebook

    • 5000poppies says:

      Fantastic Vicki. Could not be mre thrilled.

      • Vicki Jenkins says:

        We are really excited, I did nine today so far.

      • 5000poppies says:

        Vicki, that’s amazing. I am so excited by how people have taken up this project in such a big way, and loving the wonderful stories coming out as well.
        Thank you so much.

    • Beryl Hart says:

      Is there a poppy knitting group on mornington peninsula i have been doing poppies while we were away for our winter trip.but would like to join a group.

      • 5000 Poppies says:

        Hi Beryl,
        We have a very active Mornington Peninsula Group run by Carol Copp and Judi McKinna … they are a very big part of our team and will be meeting monthly at the Mornington Library. The next meet is on 18 November from 10.30 til 12.30 … they would love you to join them. In the meantime, we run regular meet ups at the East Malvern RSL (just up the road) Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern on Tuesdays and Thursdays if you are planning on making a trip to town. Would love to see you.
        Kind regards,
        Lynn Berry

  2. Jan Rhoades says:

    Hi Lyn and all. I’m just about to send off a bag of poppies from Brisbane. These were created by the members of Sunnybank Quilters, as well, 19 were made by a friend who is from Sunnybank Sparklers Red Hatters. I have send your blog link across the world, especially to Commonwealth countries who were touched by WWI in particular. You are doing an amazing job. What a fantastic project you have commenced. Keep up the good work.

  3. Anni heysen says:

    Just wondered if there is a group in adelaide supporting this?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Anni,
      There are a couple of SA groups contributing … but no news on Adelaide per se.
      Will let you know.

      • Jo-Anne McKenzie says:

        Hi Lynn, our Aunt told us about the knitting of the poppies, so my sister and I have started already, so count Adelaide in!

      • 5000poppies says:

        Fantastic Jo-Anne … look forward to seeing your poppies in due course.

      • 5000poppies says:

        HI Jo-Anne
        Happy new year and feel free to knit away.
        Look forward to seeing your poppies in due course.

      • Pam Schartner says:

        Yes there is a group in Adelaide making poppies. Knit4Charities Adelaide knit and natter group (find us on Facebook) will be making as many as we can. We made 830 poppies in 2015 to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign and we are going all out to make more than 830 poppies. We have the support of the Campbelltown Council and will be running poppy making workshops and learn to crochet a poppy workshops and sending our contributions in bulk via Council
        . Any questions –

      • 5000 Poppies says:

        That sounds absolutely fantastic Pam … do you have a delivery address for these … we can add you to the blog as a collection point if you’d like. There is also a collection point now at the Army Museum, Keswick Barracks, Anzac Highway Keswick 5035.
        Lynn Berry

  4. Joy Herman says:

    Members of P.V.A. (Partners of Veterans) have been busy making poppies. I am dropping mine in to ANZAC House Tuesday. It’s a lovely project.

  5. Allison says:

    Hi, I am a Year 1 teacher in WA and I would love for the children in my class to be involved. Would it be appropriate for the felt poppies to be made by 6 year old children?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Allison,
      In the patterns section of the blog you will find a couple of commercial felt poppy patterns. You will need to help them to cut out the poppy shapes or the circles but other than that … simply sewing on a button (which is not so simple for a 6 year old but can be taught). They love the activity. You could try glueing with craft glue but I am not sure they will be robust enough … It is so much fun for the little ones.

  6. Heather Perry says:

    have just sent over 20 poppies from NZ hope they can be of some use

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Heather,
      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Just saw this message now (don’t know why?????)
      We HAVE received your poppies.
      Thank you so much for your contribution.
      kind regards,
      Lynn Berry

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Lynn & Margaret
    We are a residential aged care facility on the Gold Coast. We have just started our poppy project and this has created much discussion on design, planning and display. Within two days I have eight residents and staff on board and this morning already have six poppies to start our collection. Our goal is to have at least 100 for our Anzac Day display and we would also love to send you some as our contribution. Congratulations on a fantastic project!
    Regards, Karen

    • 5000poppies says:

      Thanks Karen,
      Enjoy making … it’s kinda fun and very addictive as you have probably realised.
      Look forward to adding some of your haul to our national project.
      Kind Regards,
      Lynn Berry

  8. susan kelly says:

    Hello Lynn
    We are a group in Sydney who are creating some poppies .
    What date do you need them by ?
    We would like to send them
    Congratulations on you great project

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Susan,
      We would love them by mid March 2015 or earlier if possible to give us time to incorporate into the display.
      Welcome aboard … we are so excited about this project and delighted to have you join us.

  9. susan kelly says:

    Sounds good we will keep creating.
    How do you attach them ?

  10. 5000poppies says:

    They will be gunned on Sara so don’t need any tails. So much easier than sewing.

  11. Helen Taplin says:

    Several of us have been knitting poppies for you but wondering if we can display them on Remembrance Day at the local R.S.L. before we send them to you in Melbourne for Anzac Day

    • 5000poppies says:

      Of course Helen … I would love you to do that.
      That’s one of the exciting things about this project.
      Look forward to seeing your poppies in due course.

  12. Carolyn says:

    Hi Lynn, we will be making poppies with a group of school children in February….is it ok for the children to label their poppies (name & school) or would you prefer they don’t?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Carolyn,
      Would love you to do that.
      If you could just make sure that the labels are no bigger than the poppies themselves, that would be wonderful.
      Can’t wait to get them.

  13. Hi there, a friend mentioned we could add separate colours to signify whether the dedication was to a soldier/nurse etcetera/ Where do I find information about that please?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Suzanne,
      Black centres are the traditional Flanders poppy colours … many people are doing green centres …. but you can do yellow also …. I believe white centres are for the nurses, and purple centres for the animals. Other than that I am not sure.
      We are accepting all colours …

  14. toni Grahame says:

    Hi I have finally completed my three poppies and will be posting them this week. I love the idea and reading all the wonderful stories and seeing how many people are involving themselves in this great project…Toni Grahame

  15. Lauren barr says:

    Hi I will be sending in my poppies soon…

  16. Fiona says:

    Is it too late to donate poppies. I was going to get our Girl Guide unit to do some!

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Fiona,
      Mid March is the cutoff date … but the sooner the better.
      We are asking people to have them to us by end Feb.
      So a couple of weeks really.
      Look forward to receiving them.

      • Fiona says:

        Hi Lynn,
        I will be posting them today!! Apologies for the delay!
        Fiona 🙂

  17. Janifer Hutchinson says:

    Hi I was wondering if there was anyone in Sydney doing this?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Janifer,
      There are MANY people in Sydney making poppies and sending them down to us.
      You can search for like minded souls on our facebook group.
      Otherwise you can send them down to us.
      We hope to bring the display up to Sydney at some stage during the Centenary.

  18. Nichola Clarke says:

    We have started a women’s group in Horsham and are looking for project would love to be involved

  19. Judith Marek, Publicity Officer QCWA Proston Queensland 4613 Branch. says:

    QCWA Proston Queensland members are busy making crochet poppies. We have already forwarded some to the 5000 Poppies Project. What we have on hand now, we will use in a shop window display we are organising for here in Proston for this year’s ANZAC celebrations.Then we will forward them on to the project.

  20. Carole Turner says:

    Hi Lynn
    I did not read about the 5000 poppies until early February 2015 and was very moved so decided to make some poppies. My husband has done a lot of research into family history so I have made a poppy for each person who served in WW1 and a few very close family and friends who served in WW11, I have finished these poppies and will forward them to you this week. I also saw where a donation can be made so will do this.
    I reAd where you would be looking for some help in setting up the display for ANZAC Day at Federation Square and if I can be of any assistance I would be more than happy to do this, if you can advise me of dates and times, I live in eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Carole Turner.

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Carole,
      Lovely that you are able to put together a few poppies for the display. It’s going to be amazing.
      And we would love you to help out in putting the display together.
      We have just been allocated some space at the Melbourne Town Hall for a short period of time and will be assembling there for the next few weeks.
      We would love you to join us. Keep your eye on the blog for more information this week.

      • Carole Turner says:

        Hi Lynn
        Thanks for your reply and I am putting the poppies and a cheque in the mail today.
        I am about to look at the blog to see what is happening time wise about setting up.
        I will be away most do next week but available other times.
        Carole Turner

  21. Carole Turner says:

    Hi Lynn
    I have just read about the setting up of poppies and it all sounds wonderful and I am very excited to think I may be of some assistance. I was just thinking would it be better if I brought the poppies in with me or would you prefer them sooner and the cheque I can post to you. My mobile is 0412207221.
    Will wait to here from you.
    Carole Turner

  22. Cath says:

    Hi Lynn, what are the options for paying a donation?
    Thanks Cath

  23. June Waterhouse says:

    Fabulously brilliant idea loved making mine for my dad, his dad and all dads.

  24. Kim Wesley says:

    Am having a small sculpture trail in the Ferguson Valley in May and was inspired by your project after seeing it on the Breakfast Show:). I decided there and then to make a poppy mat (3m x 2m) for one of my static ‘ephemoral’ pieces at the river so got knitting…..thanks for the simple patterns as I’m a novice:)!!! Anyway whilst attempting the first poppy I decided I’d send my first one to 5000 Poppies so it’s winging its way to you today. It’s simple but thanks for doing this for the ANZAC cause. I don’t have a dedication – just a big thanks:). Kim Wesley – Peppermint Lane Lodge.

    • 5000poppies says:

      Thanks so much Kim.
      Would appreciate it if you could acknowledge the 5000 Poppies project as the inspiration for your piece in any of the materials you develop to support your sculpture trail.
      And if you could also send photos. We love to see where our poppies end up!!!
      Enjoy the process.

  25. Penny Ford says:

    I have started, have completed 1 ball red wool. Will send when I have a small postage full.

  26. Jeniffer Sterland says:

    SLEEPLESS at 2am: Dear Lynn Berry. Oh how I wish I could be there with you,
    I need to check a few things on the new Poppy Campaign.
    I’ve just pulled out my red wool and pattern and have knitted a ‘sample’ of my own little Cup-shape Poppy Pattern, and am wondering if it’s suitable. I found it the ideal size for a ‘brooch’ last year. It’s only 8cm across and that’s the actual measurement, the poppy is cup-shape, making it a bit narrower across. Are there any special requirements for the decoration in centre? Would black woollen ‘stamens’ and a gold button be suitable? What about a fastener for wear as a brooch?
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  27. Deb says:

    Hi Lynn,
    I thought I read somewhere that the different colors in the centre represented different personnel.
    White : Nurse
    Black:Regular soldier
    Green: Army
    Can you please confirm for me.
    Thanks Deb

    • 5000 Poppies says:

      Hi Deb,
      Yes there is some truth to that.
      White is definitely nurse.
      Black/yellow has been used to represent our indigenous soldiers
      The green I have not heard
      Purple for the animals.
      Some have used red/white/blue for different reasons
      I think in general … people have been VERY creative with their centres … and it adds to the beauty of the project.
      Have fun making.

  28. Paula White says:

    I will have approximately 150 poppies to contribute (at this point). Is there a drop off place near Box Hill, Melbourne. Paula

    • 5000 Poppies says:

      Hi Paula,
      They can be dropped at the Box Hill RSL addressed to Lynn Berry, 5000 Poppies and marked to be collected if you like. I will collect them from there.
      Lynn Berry

  29. Annette says:

    I have around 30 poppies to contribute as of today. Do you need more?

    • 5000 Poppies says:

      Hi Annette,
      Apologies for delay in responding … I am receiving many many emails and am struggling just a little to keep up.
      That being said … welcome aboard and thank you for your contribution. I think we are going to meet our targets with ease, so if you would like to send your 30 poppies (or maybe more made by now) and keep your eye on the blog for more information.
      This is going to be amazing.
      The address to send your poppies to is 5000 Poppies, P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic 3145 or they can be delivered to the East Malvern RSL, Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern Vic 3145
      Thanks again.

  30. Maria Walters says:

    Hy Lynn, i have sent som 75 poppies a while back and i hope they have arrived by now. Would you need some more? Are the poppies used at the Shrine for Rememberance Day or next year Anzac Day?
    Kind Regards
    Maria Walters

  31. Kerry says:

    Hi there,
    Yarraville Library Knitting Group have made a great start.
    Poppies will be our project for 2018. 🙂

    • 5000 Poppies says:

      Hi Kerry,
      That’s great news. We have had a stupendous response to our call out for poppies and we will meet our targets earlier than expected. Keep your eye on the blog and/or the facebook group for regular updates on our progress. Enjoy making.

  32. June Batchelor says:

    Hi lyn have enjoyed making poppies sent over 300 to Canberra would like to know if you need more made. Have another 60 ready regards June

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