Wonderful Support from HMAS Darwin….

Written by ahq_admin

20 June 2016

I wanted to publish this last night but had to wait to be able to upload the photo……..

Sorry it has taken me so long to share this but as I have said, it has been a struggle to keep up with everything. Last night, Sunday, was the first night I spent madly catching up on email. At the time of writing this only 230 emails to go.  Please be patient. 

Time for some wonderful happy mail though……

I received this message from the Captain of HMAS Darwin and I can’t tell you how it warmed my heart. 



I hope today has brought some hope after yesterdays terrible event.  We on Darwin saw the Daily Telegraph article in which there is a photo of you holding the framed photo from HMAS Darwin, from the last deployment up here.
We can never replace that, however today, all our ships company who have received a Quilt or Laundry Bag from you and your team, got out and had another photo taken for you, attached below.  We will, present you a framed version when we get home, but our team wanted to let you know they fully support you in your time of need.

In addition to the photo, we will be arranging to send your in excess of $6500, which the fantastic ships company that I have the pleasure to serve with, have donated, for you to use and re-establish Aussie Hero Quilts and the wonderful work you do.  
Anything we can do, please call/email.  Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Most of you have probably heard that the crew of HMAS Darwin suffered  their own tragic loss with the death of one of their own whilst in port in Muscat Oman you can read about it here

The Captain on HMAS Darwin has invited all those who sent quilts or laundry bags to his crew to attend their Welcome Home Ceremony on the wharf when the day comes.  A few quilters were a little worried that we might be intruding given the fact that they will be grieving one of their own. I emailed the captain to make sure he still felt it was appropriate for us to attend.

Here is his response in part….

We would still love to have you and the quilters there, even more so!  You are part of our ‘family’ and we would want you there.


If you are intending to attend on the day please can you email me with the names of those who will be attending and the rego details for your car if appropriate. 

Til next time……………keep spreading the word and happy stitching!

Jan-Maree  xx

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  1. Sue Niven

    A wonderful picture, what great suppprt, love for you is all around. Aussie Heroes is so important and it shows!

  2. Janine C

    What a beautiful picture and message – that gave my eyes a good wash.

  3. Jeann of Melton

    Wow! If the response from HMAS Darwin doesn't tell you how much AHQ is valued then nothing will. What a great bunch of people. I hope this has lifted your spirits a little, Jan-Maree. I also hope that your family is starting to cope.

  4. Jacqui D

    What wonderful support and fabulous photo, made me a little teary so can't imagine how you felt JM? xxx

  5. Unknown

    I am the wife of a serving member on HMAS Darwin and i know all Ships Company appreciate the support you give them by sending your quilts and laundry bags, it makes the long deployments feel more homely. I am so sorry for the loss of your home and Head Office for Aussie Hero Quilts, i look forward to seeing some of you on the wharf as we await the arrival of our Sailors.


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