Poppy Ladies knit scarves, beanies for troops

Guildford Grammar student William Cutler (9), of Mt Lawley, with some of the knitted scarves and beanies for Diggers stationed overseas. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d446168
Guildford Grammar student William Cutler (9), of Mt Lawley, with some of the knitted scarves and beanies for Diggers stationed overseas. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d446168

THOUSANDS of hours of knitting went into at least 2000 scarves and beanies to be sent to Australian troops in the Middle East.

Ahead of Remembrance Day on November 11, the Returned Services League WA (RSLWA) symbolically handed over the items, knitted by the RSLWA Poppy Ladies.

Cathy Cutler said her grandchildren wrote cards to service people and her grandson and Mt Lawley resident William Cutler was asked to join the occasion late last week.

“The children wrote Christmas cards to send to the servicemen and women – it’s a wonderful thing,” Mrs Cutler said.

“I knitted nine scarves and four beanies. It’s great to contribute to and be a part of this.

“It would be very cold over there at Christmas time.”

RSLWA Poppy Ladies co-ordinator Judy Welch said she was thankful for all the volunteers, especially in sub-branches at Jurien Bay, Wagin, Mandurah, Rockingham, Beverley and Northam.

An RSLWA collector for eight years, Brian Slatter said he was passionate about the Diggers.

“The people at ANZAC House are wonderful and the donations are fantastic,” he said. “It’s not about celebrating war; it’s about saying ‘thank you’ for the sacrifice.”

RSLWA president Graham Edwards urged all West Australians to pause for a minute at 11am on November 11 to remember the extraordinary sacrifices of those who died 100 years ago.