Happy Tuesday Friends!
Hi Bridget R,
I am the wonderfully lucky recipient of your beautiful Aussie Hero Quilt. And thank you for your kind letter. It is nice to know a little bit about the creator of such a special gift.
I grew up in Queensland and joined the Navy in 2013. I have served on Hydrographic Survey Ships HMAS Leeuwin and Melville based in Cairns, Frigates HMAS Darwin and Parramatta based in Sydney, and most recently as the Navigating Officer on HMAS Bathurst, a Darwin based Patrol Boat.
I am married to a fellow Navy Officer who received an Aussie Hero Quilt when she was deployed on HMAS Success in the Middle East in 2015. It is nice to now have another quilt in the family. We also have two children, a 4 year old boy and an 18 month old girl and two (very lazy) whippets.
Being in the Defence Force has provided me with many happy memories, and I can honestly say that receiving your quilt is truly one of them. I feel very spoilt!
Thank you again,
I was presented with the quilt you made for me and I am extremely grateful! The quilt is beautiful. Every time we meet for quilts to be presented I hear another story of the power they have for our troops during deployments, and so I feel very thankful.
Good Morning Bennie C, Sue and Janet,
I would like to say a BIG thank you to you all for my lovely quilt and laundry bag!
I was absolutely thrilled to open the package and see the quilt which will take pride of place in my cabin on HMAS Choules. I can’t even fathom the amount of time and effort that went into making it and I assure you that they will be well cared for and kept always. I wasn’t aware of the practice of sending gum leaves to overseas troops, so that is a very nice touch indeed. Likewise, the laundry bag’s beachy feel is a perfect addition to an otherwise lacklustre cabin!
I’m a father of 3 and didn’t hesitate taking my quilt and bag home to show it off. The kids thought they were very cool, and my wife, who has some limited sewing and quilting experience, was absolutely blown away by the quality and detail, never mind the sheer generosity of the gift.
The letter you sent was very thoughtful and gave me a good chuckle too, so I appreciated receiving that also. The quilt and bag will always come with me to sea and I’ll always cherish them.
Thank you again to all of you.
I absolutely adore it.
Barbara D is a very talented lady and could you please pass on my heartfelt thanks to her for her time in creating this beautiful piece.
Once again thank you to you and all of your talented quilters who give up their time to make beautiful quilts and laundry bags for military personnel.
Dear Janet L,
I really wanted to take the time to express my gratitude and appreciation for the beautiful quilt you crafted to add to my Invictus Games experience. Thank you.
Support from the Australian community means so much to us as veterans as there are certainly times I have felt alone. During my trip away I was fortunate to be supported by a number of family members that travelled with me. I appreciate the support and their sacrifices toward both my military service and journey into sport & rehabilitation. I served for 18 years as a Maritime Warfare Officer – a job that I was trained/conducted bomb disposal, diving and navigated warships.
I feel like I exceeded my personal goals I set for the Invictus Games. Some were performance based for the swimming & cycling as I trained extremely hard towards these events. What meant more however was a goal to be able to run with my daughter. Since medical discharge from the military, my lower limb injuries have prevented me from running due to pain and it is something I have been working through for some 6 years now. I set the goal to compete in the either the 400m or the 1500m track running. At the last minute I decided to try both. It hurt a lot however I achieved my goal along with some how making the 400m final?!
Away from Invictus, my wife and I co-founded a project that has served as both therapy to me and a means to support other veterans / paying it forward to others to honour the support I have received. It is called Saltwater Veterans and helps to connect our veteran community through sailing with the support of sponsors and volunteers. We now have crews sailing in Sydney, Adelaide, Newcastle and Nowra and regularly put 30-50 veterans out on the water. Our biggest event this year was in Adelaide and we achieved a massive feat of helping put 105 plus current serving soldiers on the water in Adelaide that had just returned from Op Flood Assist.
Again, thank you for your support to the veteran community – it really does mean a lot to us.
quilt yesterday from his work colleagues as a departing gift.
we will forever cherish.”
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