Good morning all,
Before I share the request list this morning I thought I would share a lovely message I received when one of our would be recipients sent in his request.
“The number of ADF personnel that I have met that have been sporting their bags and quilts on exercises and the stories I see and read in the media about how long and how dedicated you and your volunteers have been looking after and giving consideration and support to deployed personnel over the years is awesome to say the least. I think that AHQ items have slowly become the unofficial rite of passage markers (like medals) of being on operations and may not be far off being the tradition to be a part of by personnel overseas. In short, you guys are becoming true legends and we thank you all for it.”
Again, we have a short list this week but there are more coming. Soon we will have more requests form HMAS Canberra on the list. There is a new contingent just arrived in the Middle East and also in the Sinai in Egypt. The message I received back from the Sinai was “Your timing is impeccable as a new team has just arrived this week and I know a lot of my previous team were very grateful for all your hard work.”
Last year we circulated a special offer for all our ADF medical personnel who have been working very hard through bushfires and COVID and also another special offer for those involved in the Afghanistan Evacuation. This year we will also be targeting some defence personnel in very difficult jobs but I don’t want to announce where exactly as yet as I don’t know if their bosses have told them yet. Suffice to say, they will be very grateful to know that their work is “seen” and appreciated.
So, although this week is another short list, there are more requests coming.
Once you’ve made your selection of what you’d like to try, do please EMAIL and Catherine or I will be pleased to assist you with your selection. Hope to hear from you soon.
When selecting a request, remember, you do not have to include everything they have asked for. Footy quilts do not need to have the logo or even the team’s name. Using the team colours is all that is required. Simple is perfectly acceptable. A number of these requests have given you favourite colours as well as footy teams or other hobbies and interests. It is fine to make a quilt using their favourite colours and include only one of their interests. It is fine to keep it simple.
If there is more than one request on this list that you would be happy to do I suggest that you send me a list of requests and tell me how many you want to be allocated….i.e. one of the following please…. There are always a few requests that everyone wants to do (and I can never pick them) so if the first one you ask for is taken then I can allocate another from your list if I have a list.
Any queries you might have, please don’t hesitate to contact via the AHQ email as per usual with any queries and we will assist you from there. We may not know the answer but it will be our pleasure to research and get back to you.
A reminder, when you are ready to post the quilt or laundry bag you’ve created, please use the PMKEYS number given you in any correspondence with the admin team. This helps the volunteer admin team keep a track of what’s been sent etc. The PMKEYS number is included in the address details we supply for your recipient e.g. the 7-digit number in bold below.
CPL Wanda Quilt 8765432
Sydney NSW 2890
Also, please use the Aussie Heroes PO Box address on your parcel in the event the parcel is Returned to Sender – the PO Box is a safe place in the event of any mishaps with postage.
Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags)
PO Box 248, Cherrybrook,
Don’t forget to take a photo of your completed quilt or laundry bag to email to AHQ with the name and PMKEYS of the recipient and we can include in the Weekly Dispatches blog and also add to the tally of quilts and laundry bags sent off to the troops. I personally love viewing the photos of those projects dispatched – so inspiring.
If you are using a AHQ supplied prepaid satchel please kindly use the AHQ address for the return address– also for your own packaging – if a parcel is Returned to Sender it is likely we can expedite its journey to the recipient from Sydney.
Please also also please hold on to the Tracking number (the pink sticker tht you should remove before posting – we’ve experienced mail delays lately (haven’t we all?) and having the Tracking number is very reassuring to keep an eye on the parcel’s progress in arriving at its destination.
Don’t forget, if you look at today’s Request List and need help choosing, please feel free to get in touch to discuss, we will be ready to reply and offer guidance by email. Our goal is to help you find a request that you will be comfortable with doing. If you need a crest etc we may be able to post embroideries / printed fabric images or email some of these to you.
Helpful info may be gleaned here http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/information-post-for-those-that-sew-for.html I look forward to seeing the photos of completed quilts and LBs when they are ready to post off.
POST BY DATE
The post by date for all Requests on this list is 23 February 2022 please, or earlier if you can manage this. If you cannot make that date, please let me know. Do reach out if you have any timing issues and we’ll resolve one way or the other. In fact, if you are going to be late posting it please let me know BEFORE you post it. Also, if this time frame is too tight for you, there are options, just email me to discuss, thank you.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE copy the ENTIRE line if you wish to nominate for a quilt or laundry bag.
Marvel Theme. Ironman M LB 1
This is really important to make sure that neither you nor I copy the wrong number which could lead to me giving you the wrong details for specific request. If you find it hard to copy and paste, please copy the line out as follows…
Decoding The Columns
The first column is the theme or preferences requested.
The second column indicates the gender of the recipient.
The third column is as follows:
B=both quilt and laundry bag (feel free to nominate to JUST do the laundry bag if you wish)
Q= just a quilt
LB = just a laundry bag
Please let the Admin crew know if you have any other questions….Just email
Looking forward to seeing what you want to make this week. Happy stitching!
P.P.S. Don’t forget to check out AHQ on the Blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
LBs for Butterworth
Every three months about 130 soldiers go to Malaysia to learn about jungle warfare. We have been doing this since the 50’s or so. They love our laundry bags as you can imagine the humidity means they change a lot. If you would like to make one or more masculine or gender neutral bags to send over that would be great. You will need to pay the cost of postage to Sydney and then they are shipped from there. You will be making life a lot easier for them over there.
|Royal Australian Navy crest, Sydney Swans, medicine/caduceus, poppies, blue
(we can supply RAN crest and Caduceus as embroideries)
|BMW superbikes or any sports bikes||M||Q||3|
|Holden, Moto GP, Ducati Motorbikes||M||Q||5|
|The colours of Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club – purple/dark blue (predominant) with white and gold lightning bolts.||M||Q||6|
|Cars and Motorbikes||M||Q||7|
|Anime (Japanese cartoon) or Dragon Ball Z||M||Q||8|
|RAAOC badge, Rising Sun Badge, Skippy Badge, Poppies,
( We can supply the three badges)
|Loves science fiction and gadgets/technology . Loves the colour green||M||B||11|
|four wheel driving and camping and mountain biking. Text “kind of a big deal” Crests for Cavalry, Ordinance and Intelligence Corps (crests and text can be supplied)||M||Q||12|
|Rising Sun, Aviation Corp badge, service details (Rising sun and Aviation Corps badges and service details can be provided.)||M||Q||13|
|RAAF 100 Year badge, RAAF and RAN crests (I’m a RAAF Officer serving on a Navy ship)
(we can supply a Centenary of RAAF embroidery as well as RAN and RAAF Crests)
|Italy/Sicily (food, wine, cheese, flag, flag colours – red is favourite colour) and or star constellations/moon – celestial||F||Q||17|
|Rugby League Sydney Roosters (red, white, blue) or Liverpool FC, with the Name “XXXXXXX”(nickname)||M||Q||18|
|South Sydney NRL – Rabbitohs Themed||F||Q||19|
|Gears of War (XBOX Game) Quilt.||M||Q||20|
|Halo Xbox Game Laundry Bag||M||LB||21|
|RAEME badge, Blue, Red Yellow and a Sad looking Panda (he calls himself the Captain of the “Sad Panda club”)
We can provide the RAEME Badge and an embroidery of a sad panda 🙂
|AAPRS badge, RAAOC badge, Canadian flag and Australian flag and anything with the rockband “Kiss”
(can send badges to include and probably send some fabric with Canadian flag as well)
|RAAPC badge, Rising Sun badge, Australian soldiers, Australian flag,
Text “Op Bushfire Assist and Op COVID 19 Assist
(badges and text will be embroidered and sent to for inclusion)
|RAAOC badge, ACB,
Test “INTERFET East Timor 1999
Op Falconer Iraq 2003
Op Mazurka Egypt 2015″
(We can send you the badges and the text can be embroidered for you)
|RAAPC badge, Rising Sun, Sydney University Regiment badge, Soldier career management agency badge, 17 Brigade badge, Australia Post colours (red and white)
(Badges can be either embroidered or printed (depending on the badge) and sent to you)
|RAINF, RACT, Rising Sun
Text “Op Anode Solomon Islands 2010 and Op Astute Timor Leste 2012”
(Badges can be sent to you and text will be sent as an embroidered panel)
|Rising Sun and RAANC badge, Anything indigenous, Ambulance (works with St Johns)
(We can send badges to you)
|Rising Sun with personal details below, AALC, RACMP, Australian flag, Text “East Timor 2002 Election Observer”,
(Rising Sun with personal details below, AALC, RACMP can be embroidered and send to you. The East Timor flag is easy to applique)
|Rising Sun, RAEME badge, Raeme colours Blue, Yellow and Red with the motto “Arte et Marte”
(RAEME badge can be sent to you)
|RAINF badge, RAR badge, 3 RAR parachute wings, RAAOC badge, Rising Sun Badge. (Badge can be embroidered and sent to you)||M||Q||31|
|RASIGs badge, RAAPC, Rising Sun, was Aide to the Governor of NSW and text “Op Anode Solomon Islands 2007”
(Badges can be sent to you as well as text and the Governor’s crest)
|RAAF crest, UN crest, Air Traffic Controller Brevet, anything Australia and beach inspired. Member is an Air Force Air Traffic Controller so optional to add some red and yellow checks as a red and yellow checked flag indicates ATCs at work.
(RAAF crest, UN crest, Air Traffic Controller Brevet can all be provided)
As we are likely to be receiving some more requests from folks in South Sudan in the coming weeks I thought this was an appropriate photo to bring back. This is from around 2016 and shows a bunch of happy Aussie Peacekeepers in South Sudan showing off their laundry bags.