City of Mandurah calls for Anzac Day poppies

THE City of Mandurah is calling on the community to make poppies in preparations for the 100th Anzac Day anniversary commemorations.

City of Mandurah artist Jodie Davidson wants 30,000 poppies to be made by Anzac Day on April 25.

The City aims to put all the poppies in a field of flowers in the water on the eastern foreshore for the celebrations.

The poppies will then float around the war memorial.

The City will then use the poppies again for future events.

Poppies can be knitted, crocheted, sewn and made from plastic tomato sauce bottles.

There are currently less than 1000 made, but she has gained the support of more than 10 schools in the Mandurah to help reach the target.

City of Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone said she would love to see a blanket of poppies on the water.

“I encourage everyone in Mandurah to start making poppies,” she said.

“We want Mandurah to have the best Anzac Day celebrations.

City of Mandurah RSL president Dave Mabbs said the community should help out the people as they did 100 years ago.

“One hundred years ago, this country got together to support the troops overseas,” he said.

“Now 100 years later, we are getting together to help remember them.”

If anyone has any poppies to donate, they can drop them off at any libraries, recreation centres, the RSL, the City of Mandurah or at Ac-cent. 

For more information on the program including poppy patterns go to www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/anzac.htm