Poppy power starts at home

By McIvor Times

By Bronwyn Lumsden

A clever idea and plenty of spare time saw Heathcote homes adorned in bright red poppies as residents embraced the Anzac Day spirit and raised money for a good cause.

Proud Heathcote mum Ashlea Whicher said she was inspired by the Anzac soldier silhouettes created by the Heathcote Community House, and a social media post.

“Basically we had a heap of small off-cuts of iron and I saw a post on a Facebook upcycle page about poppies that made me think we could use our iron to do some,” Ashlea said.

“Then I saw the post about the soldiers at the community house so we made a donation and got our two soldiers.”

Ashlea said they were originally making the poppies for their own Anzac Day display and had quite a production line happening, with mum making the templates, dad cutting out the shapes from the iron, while the kids painted the pieces and helped put the poppies together, but after posting a photo of their poppies on Facebook they started getting requests to make more.

“We ended up making over 30 poppies and asked anyone who wanted one to make a donation, so we raised $400 for the Anzac Day Appeal,” Ashlea said.

The poppies were proudly displayed on fences and verandahs around Heathcote on Anzac Day and will likely reappear next year for what might well be a new tradition of lighting up the driveway to remember the fallen.