It has been incredibly gratifying to received, on behalf of dozens of hardworking volunteers, cards and letters and photos from Australian Soldiers enduring freezing temperatures in Afghanistan and Iraq.
They have written to say thanks for the more than 2,000 beanies and scarves knitted by dozens of RSLWA members and supporters from across the state and dispatched overseas in December.
SGT Tom writes from Kabul: “The men are so grateful knowing that everyday Australians back home are thinking of us during this time.
we thank you for your time, financial input and the amount of thought and care placed into creating these very warm items of clothing.
Thank you for acknowledging the boys’ sacrifice and hard work they put into serving our great nation and upholding the impeccable and strong reputation we have amongst coalition forces.
The men serve with pride and honour and do not blink an eye lid when asked to serve and deploy overseas for our great nation and the Australians who make the nation so perfect.
A huge thank you for the great beanies and scarves we received. Please pass this on to the lovely women who gave up their precious time.”
Captain Mick Cannington of the Royal Australian Engineers in Bagdad has sent the following email from Iraq: “We recently received two large packages of hand-knitted scarves and beanies and on behalf of all the Australian Defence Force personnel currently deployed here in FOB UNION III, Bagdad – Irag: I would extend our thanks to you and the hundreds of wonderful ladies around Australia who took the time and effort to knit these gifts for us.
As we are entering winter here, the temperature has indeed begun to drop with most nights around zero degrees.
The scarves and beanies are awesome and have kept my head warm on many occasions already!
Could I please pass on our thanks to everyone that contributed to the gifts.”
Graham Edwards AM