Weekly Dispatches 27 Dec

Written by AHQ

27 December 2013

Greetings all.  

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  One of our most thoughtful recipients, called Bill, (and yes he gave me permission to share his first name) was kind enough to send me an email describing Christmas at Al Minhad Air Base.  How generous of him  So here are his pictures.

There was quite a line up for the mess at lunch, and a great spread it was too.  Check out the gingerbread house!  

Who knew Santa’s sleigh is pulled by camels in the Middle East.  Guess it stands to reason considering he uses white boomers in Australia.    

 Bill went for the turkey, and ham, potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower, all covered in gravy.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Bill.  Much appreciated

Where to now that Tarin Kot has closed down??

I have had a few questions lately asking where our quilts will be sent now that we are home from Afghanistan. The  truth is that Tarin Kot has been closed down but we still have people on the ground in Kandahar, Kabul, Dubai and elsewhere in the Middle East.  In addition we have regular deployments of warships on patrol in the Middle East and we also have defence members on United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, most notably in South Sudan and the Sinai region of Egypt.  None of these deployments look like diminishing for the time being and when they do I will let you know.  I have some other avenues I am looking at as well but it is premature to mention them here.  Suffice to say that there will be no problem finding homes for Aussie Hero Quilts as far as I can see.  

Weekly Dispatches 

I am pleased to say that even though this is the Christmas week we still managed to get a few parcels in the mail, not many, but even a few is pretty good for Christmas week.  

8 quilts this week and 4 laundry bags.  

1347 quilts and 2364 laundry bags for 2013.  

2365 quilts and 3730 laundry bags in total.

Our sweet 16 year old Amy made this awesome laundry bag.



Jenny and Gale

Judy C

check out the back of Judy’s quilt – she dyes her own fabric.
Julie C

Karen B made this quilt top and Joan quilted it.  

Lisa B created this awesome quilt.  

Check out the embroideries.
Lisa also made this quilt.

Stephanie D

Sue N (SA)

Well, that is all for this week.  
Have a lovely weekend everyone and I will be back on Monday.
With all the parties at this time of the year, if you are on the roads, please drive carefully and take care.

Till next time……………………keep spreading the word and happy stitching!  JMxx

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  1. Outback Crafter - Debra

    Great dispatches. Christmas in Al Minhad Air Base looked like fun. The Jeep Camel looked quite the part.
    So glad Bill shared those pictures.


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