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Across from the beach front the heart of the small coastal town buzzes with local musicians, the sound of coffee machines and a variety of retail stores to cater for everyone’s needs.
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What started as a small project between two women has flourished into a nation-wide community.
5000 Poppies was founded by sisters-in-law, Lyn Berry and Margaret Knight, who wanted to crochet 120 poppies to display at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne Australia to honour their fathers who fought in World War II.
Their loving tribute to their fathers attracted the attention of others which planted the idea of starting 5000 Poppies.
5000 Poppies first launched in 2013 with an instalment of 5000 poppies on display and has since created a community of over 50,000 contributors both nationally and internationally.
Since the launch, the project has been invited to create instalments all over Australia and it has even taken them overseas.
“Our original instalment in 2015 was at the Melbourne International Garden and Flower Show, we did a very small installation with 5000 poppies,”
“In 2016, we were invited to go across to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. We had a wonderful time we did a 200-square metre installation with just over 300,000 poppies there,”
“In July 2016 we went across to Fromelles in France for the Centenary of the Battle in Fromelles, so they’re the major installations but we’ve had many more,” said Ms Berry.
The 5000 Poppies project is currently working on an installation for the Canberra War Memorial to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.
“We are doing a major installation at the Australia War Memorial, we’re planting 62,000 poppies in honour of all of those souls who died in World War I on our behalf,”
“They’ll be in the ground, planted in and around the Flanders Memorial Garden,” she said.
Ms Berry says they are very close to collecting 62,000 poppies with deliveries arriving at Poppy Headquarters in Melbourne from all over the world.
“It’s a national project here, we’ve had poppies from all over Australia. Queensland has been a massive contributor.
“We’ve had poppies recently from China and Croatia, so we get poppies from everywhere. It’s really interesting having people from all over the world participating in this project, it’s just been a really gorgeous labour of love” she said.
Local ladies support project
A group of ladies in Wowan and Dululu is also taking part in the project, meeting every Monday at the local Multi-Purpose Centre to crochet poppies.
Catherine Brown is the Co-Ordinator at the Wowan and Dululu Multi-Purpose Centre and organised for the ladies to take part in the project after being informed about it by a fellow staff member.
“One of our staff members here happened to come across the project on social media and thought it would be a great activity for us to do following on from a craft session we did last year with the One Million Stars to end domestic violence,” she said.
The four ladies have been busy crocheting since October last year in an effort contribute to the project.
They have made approximately 200 poppies to go towards the final installation and hope to have Liberal National Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd personally deliver them to the Australian War Memorial on their behalf.
Catherine says that the project is more than just craft activity for the ladies, it provides them with the opportunity to come together as a community and contribute to a project that is significant to them.
“They enjoy coming together as a group and working on the project in that social time. But I think the fact that the project has meaning is quite important to them,” she said.
The Remembrance Day installment will be running from October 5 to November 12.