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Thursday, 23 July 2015

RSL Beanies and scarves for ADF serving overseas.

Project goal: To provide a knitted or crocheted BEANIE and an INFINITY SCARF for each serving member on deployment in the Middle East and similar areas.

There are currently approximately 600 ADF in Iraq and 400 ADF in Afghanistan at any one time and these numbers can fluctuate.    It can be bitterly cold in these areas as well as at sea, so let us help keep them warm.  We aim to send our ADF members something made by people at home, so they know we care about them and appreciate their service.

 Project aim:    To gather our knitting, crocheting and sewing supporters and volunteers from various sources to provide at least 1000 beanies and scarves to be sent to our deployed ADF members in time for Christmas 2015. 

Preferred colours are camouflage, dark navy, dark grey, charcoal, black, brown, khaki – or a combination of some to make camouflage. However, the “troops” will mostly wear the gear when in civvies or relaxing, so the colours can be expanded, though sensible as we really have to think about the sensitive conditions our ADF may be exposed too.  Colours that don’t show the dirt would be preferred.  

Knitting patterns:
12 ply rib beanie
8 ply double knit beanie
8 ply double knit beanie alternative
8 ply rib beanie

Scarves can be made of fleecy fabric, dimensions 12-15cm wide by 120-130 long. Currently they have more beanies than scarfs.

 Time Frame:   To have at least 1000 sets completed by 25th November 2015 so that they can be gathered and posted before the Australia Post cut-off date approximately 4th December.

For further information contact - 

Sharon Harford
Centenary Program Manager
The Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated
((08) 9287 3706
7:  (08) 9287 3732
+  PO Box 3023, EAST PERTH, WA 6892

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