The Tatura RSL is halfway to reaching its target of 2000 hand-made poppies ahead of Remembrance Day this year.
RSL committee member Vince Vincitorio said they aimed to create a blanket over the town’s war memorial during this year’s Remembrance Day celebrations.
The number of handmade poppies sits at about 950, but Mr Vincitorio said the RSL hoped to have 1500 to 2000 made in time for Remembrance Day at the war memorial in Mactier Memorial Gardens.
Mr Vincitorio said the sub-branch would like the people of Tatura and beyond to get involved in the celebrations by knitting as many poppies as possible for the blanket to be draped in Robert Mactier Memorial Gardens.
‘‘We’ve had an ongoing project where we’re adding all the names of the people who went and fought and didn’t come back,’’ Mr Vincitorio said.
‘‘And we want to make a big blanket to drape over the names.’’
He said it was important to get the community involved, so the project became a team effort.
‘‘The whole idea to do this was for people to get involved,’’ Mr Vincitorio said.
‘‘We’ve already got the Country Women’s Association on board; they’ve already started.
‘‘It doesn’t matter who does it; as long as it gets done.’’
Mr Vincitorio said they had also received assistance from people in Kyabram and Echuca.
‘‘It’s been really good, but we want more,’’ he said.
He said he would like to thank Spotlight, Lincraft and Mary Venuto for the wool donations.
‘‘I’ve still got some wool at home that people can use,’’ he said.
‘‘We don’t care if you make one or make five.’’
■To get in touch with Mr Vincitorio for supplies or more information, phone 58241433.