Leila part of 5000 Pop­pies Project

Isis Town and Country - - News - By PETRA DE JONG

LEILA Muller (nee Kirk) is one of more than 50,000 vol­un­teers of the 5000 Pop­pies Project.

An ini­tia­tive that started with two Vic­to­rian women, Lynn Berry and Mar­garet Knight, it quickly snow­balled and hand­made pop­pies from around Australia ar­rived in their mail­box un­til the tally clocked over 250,000 pop­pies.

In New Zealand a satel­lite project took off.

Mrs Muller, from Bur­nett Heads, has strong ties with her birth­place, Booyal, and to­gether with her hus­band she ded­i­cated pop­pies to their fam­ily mem­bers who served in the First World War, the men listed on the me­mo­rial board in the Booyal Me­mo­rial Hall and sev­eral An­zac sol­diers who were born in Childers.

Mrs Muller said one poppy took her 20 min­utes to make and in to­tal she made 100 pop­pies.

“They are rather easy to make,” she said.

In Vic­to­ria, each poppy was fit­ted onto a panel, and com­bined they cover close to one square kilo­me­tre.

This com­mu­nity trib­ute will fea­ture on the fore­court at Fed­er­a­tion Square in Mel­bourne on An­zac Day and af­ter the dawn ser­vice the pop­pies will form a cor­ri­dor for the march across Princes Bridge.

A list of ded­i­ca­tions can be found on: https://5000pop­pies.word press.com/ded­i­ca­tions/

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Pop­pies made as part of the 5000 Pop­pies Project.

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