Sewing for Soldiers

Not many youngsters would be able to say they have been thanked by defence force personnel for a touching gift sent all the way to the Middle East from Gladesville, NSW.

Six students from Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary Gladesville received feedback from the Royal Australian Navy after banding together once-a-week during recess and lunch throughout one school term to sew personalised laundry bags with gift tags for Australian troops.

‘The Creative Doves’ as the group of six students – Jessica Smith, Charli Simon, Hilary Shayishayi, Mahesh Maniam, Anais Dreissen and Olivia Ross –
called themselves, learned how to sew as part of the Aussie Hero Quilts initiative.

truly living out the school’s values of mercy, human dignity, justice and service

– Julie Simon

School Captain Jessica Smith said giving up her lunchtimes “wasn’t hard at all” because it was important to thank our country’s soldiers for their service and sacrifice.

“They are out there doing a great job for our country and this is one way we can show our support for them,” added Jan-Maree Ball, founder of Aussie Hero Quilts, who served in the Defence Force herself.

“It may seem like only a small gesture, but the impact of receiving a handmade gift by someone they don’t even know is touching and reminds them that they are not forgotten out there.”

Learning Support Officer Julie Simon, who co-ordinated the event, said she was proud of the students “for truly living out the school’s values of mercy, human dignity, justice and service in the tradition of the founding Sisters of Mercy.”

“Last year these same students made quilts for babies born prematurely at Westmead children’s hospital.”

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