MEDOWIE RSL Women’s Auxiliary members have had a great honour bestowed upon them, with their hard work recognised on a special quilt to be hung in the Australian War Memorial.
On the 31 March 2017, Norma Creek and Greetje Sargent, two members of the Medowie RSL Women’s Auxiliary, travelled to Canberra with Jessica Linsley, the granddaughter of another Medowie RSL member.
They were invited to attend the ceremony and presentation of the ‘Lest We Forget’ quilt, which was presented to Dr Brendan Nelson, the director of the Australian War Memorial.
Greetje Sargent told News Of The Area, “NSW RSL Central Council Women’s Auxiliary had the idea of getting our auxiliaries to band together on a project to make a quilt depicting Australia’s involvement in War.”
The ‘Lest We Forget’ quilt project was launched, and 300 blocks were sent out to all auxiliaries in Australia.
Enough blocks were completed and returned to make eight quilts and two cushions.
Ms Sargent said “Some of the quilts were raffled and raised valuable funds which make a difference to the lives of many defence families in need.”
“Medowie RSL Women’s Auxiliary were thrilled to see that their block was included in the special quilt that was chosen to be presented to the War Memorial and hung there in a display.”
“Our block showed a cloth photo of the RSL rose, and a poem written by a Turkish mother who had lost her son, which was embroidered over the top by Jessica,” she said.
The women who attended from Medowie RSL reported that the presentation ceremony was a very special event, and they were pleased to be included.
This is truly an honour for Medowie RSL and News Of The Area congratulates the women involved and acknowledges their efforts.
By Rachael VAUGHAN