Australia News Releases
CANBERRA, Australia, 3 August 2022 – Lockheed Martin Australia is proud to announce a three-year sponsorship of Aussie Hero Quilts, as part of the company’s commitment to support veteran organisations and positively impact the lives of defence members and their families.
Aussie Hero Quilts coordinates volunteers from all around Australia to make quilts and laundry bags for past and present members of the veterans community.
The $30,000 endowment by Lockheed Martin Australia over the next three years will contribute towards the operational costs of Aussie Hero Quilts, including materials and postage.
Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive, Warren McDonald AO CSC, acknowledged the important contribution of Aussie Hero Quilts to supporting the morale and wellbeing of defence members.
“We are honoured to support Aussie Hero Quilts. The quilts and laundry bags positively impact on the morale, and more importantly the mental health and well-being, of our servicepeople and veterans,” he said.
“These gifts are a tangible reminder to defence members that the Australian community appreciates their service, and the sacrifice that their service has asked of them and their loved ones.”
Aussie Hero Quilts provides quilts to those in compassionate need, perhaps dealing with physical or mental illness, or as the result of an accident or tragic circumstance.
Jan Maree Ball, Founder and Managing Director of Aussie Hero Quilts, said the idea of making quilts and laundry bags developed from wanting serving members to know that the Australian community appreciates their service and sacrifice.
“What started as a small group from my quilting network, we now have over 200 volunteer members nationally who give their time and money to buy the required material and make the quilts and laundry bags,” she said.
Ms Ball said it is rewarding to hear the positive and often emotional stories from the quilt recipients.
“One Australian Army Officer told us that receiving his quilt when he was at rock bottom gave him the momentum he needed to turn his life around. Another serving member explained that having the quilt with her in hospital made her feel safe.”
“We also provide Fallen Warrior Quilts to the family of those who lost their life during or after their service,” said Ms Ball.
In recent years, the reduction of service personnel on deployment overseas has enabled Aussie Hero Quilts to evolve and provide support to serving members on the ground in Australia.
“We have supported specialist groups, such as our Australian Defence Force medical professionals whose expertise was relied upon during COVID-19, and members deployed at short notice to assist with the Afghanistan evacuation,” said Ms Ball.
About Aussie Hero Quilts
Aussie Hero Quilts is a registered charity that coordinates volunteers from all around Australia to make quilts and laundry bags to give to our past and present veterans to make sure that they know that their service and the sacrifice that service asks of them is appreciated.
Since 2012, Aussie Hero Quilts have sent over 15,000 quilts and 33,900 laundry bags to serving men and women in Australia, and all over the world. Wherever, whenever there is a need for support or a morale boost, Aussie Heroes tries to be there with a tangible reminder of the support our ADF deserves.
Aussie Hero Quilts Contact
Jan-Maree Ball OAM, 0422 227 019; firstname.lastname@example.org
About Lockheed Martin Australia
Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 1,200 people in Australia working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com.au