The Aveo Camden Downs retirement village common room resembles a sea of red after residents took up a special knitting challenge.
The 18 members of the craft group have been busily knitting and crocheting red poppies as part of 5,000 Poppies, an ambitious national project to knit a visual tribute to Australian people who have served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The poppies will be mounted on a board and used as a backdrop to the Anzac Day services in Camden next year.
Aveo Camden Downs resident, Diane Richard-Evans said that after Camden’s commemorations next year – which would mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings – the poppies would be sent to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. ‘The library’s Click, Clack and Yak knitting group are on board knitting poppies too as well as the local Red Cross, Girl Guides and even the CWA,’ Mrs Richard-Evans said. Fellow resident, Pauline Blanch said the craft group regularly knitted coat hangers to raise money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital and were enjoying being part of such a special project. ‘Although sometimes we do more talking than knitting,’ Pauline said.