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Labor Government And Qantas Putting Victoria’s 5000 Poppies Project On The World Stage

05 April 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is teaming up with Qantas to send the popular 5000 Poppies Project to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Last year, Minister for Veterans John Eren announced the Labor Government would contribute $200,000 to help project creator Lynn Berry and landscape designer Phillip Johnson showcase the stunning collection of handcrafted poppies before the eyes of the world.

Today, Qantas Freight Head of Operations and former Royal Australian Air Force Wing Commander, Lee de Winton said the airline would provide free carriage of the 300,000 poppies and flights for several members of the project team to the UK.

The 5000 Poppies Project is just one of Victoria’s long list of ANZAC Centenary commemorative efforts. The project group “planted” some 250,000 poppies in Federation Square as a tribute to the Australian servicemen and women killed in war, conflicts or peacekeeping operations.

The poppy is an international symbol of great loss at war, and hope for those left behind. An estimated 50,000 participants knitted, sewed or felted their contributions to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The 5000 Poppies Project helps commemorates the memorable chapters in our nation’s story that all Australians should understand. The Project’s appearance in London is a demonstration of respect and remembrance to the sacrifice of our servicemen and women.

The 300,000 poppies will be carefully packed and loaded into 35 cubic metres of belly space, roughly half of the available cargo hold of an A380 aircraft.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show attracts more than 150,000 visitors each year, while many more tune in to the BBC’s telecast.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show begins in May.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren

“Qantas is one of Australia’s great brands and the poppy is one of our most cherished symbols. This is a great partnership that puts this wonderful project on the world stage.”

“This venture is a demonstration of the respect Australians have for our servicemen and women, and it’s a great chance to showcase the fine talents of so many Victorians.”

Quotes attributable to Qantas Freight Head of Operations and former Australian Air Force Wing Commander Lee de Winton

“As Australia’s national carrier, Qantas is proud to carry this special cargo and support this unique project which symbolises the true spirit of Australia.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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