Handmade poppies go on sale around Kangaroo Island

Valerie Harrold joined many hundreds of “poppy makers” to create knitted or crochet poppies to be donated to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The poppies are being made to commemorate Armistice Day 2018 that on November 11 will mark 100 years since the end of the Great War. 

More than 100,000 poppies were made to honour those Australians, who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 

As no more poppies were needed for this project, Valerie thought it would be a good idea to continue making them to honour Kangaroo Island servicemen and women, as she has an over 40-year connection to the Island. 

A post was put on Facebook, and soon she was receiving poppies from all over Australia – Queensland, NSW, Tasmania, Adelaide and of course Kangaroo Island.

Those who were unable to make the poppies, very kindly donated wool, and a big thanks goes to Jane Guidner for her generous donation. 

Some are lapel poppies, to be sold to raise money for the Returned and Services League (RSL), and others will be placed on stems, named and created into a “field of poppies”. 

Students from the Penneshaw KICE Campus will also be assisting with this project. 

Poppies are still being collected in readiness for ANZAC Day on Wednesday, April 25 and Remembrance Day in November, so there is still time for others to become involved. 

Valerie can be contacted at valerie.harrold@bigpond.com for further details.

Poppies are on counters in the following locations for a gold coin donation for the RSL: Davo’s Deli and Parndana Hotel at Parndana; the IGA and post office at Penneshaw; and Roger’s Deli and Turner Fuel at Kingscote.