Lest We Forget

JCI Poppy Project

In A Nutshell

Lest we forget, known as Unutmayacagız in Turkish, was a joint world peace project by JCI Australia and JCI Turkey, commemorating 100 years since the ANZAC Gallipoli landing, which also relates strongly with JCI’s 1915 founding message of world peace.


The objective of this project was to promote the message of peace by commemorating the ANZAC Centenary whilst strengthening the friendship between JCI Australia and JCI Turkey

jci australia poppy project

Plan and Action

JCI members from Australia and Turkey were invited to participate in this initiative by collectively making poppy flowers, which contributed to a large public installation at the Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia on the ANZAC Day in 2015.

The installation involved 100,000 poppies in total, and was led by Australia’s premiere landscape designer, Phillip Johnson. The installation went on Australian and international tours from 2015 to 2018.


JCI Australia, in conjunction with JCI Turkey, collectively donated 829 hand-made poppies to the 5000 Poppies Project, which coordinates this nationwide event.

As a result of our connection with JCI Turkey, the 2015 National President of JCI Australia was interviewed in late March 2015 by SBS One news network about JCI’s involvement in this project.

Local president, and national board member, Sam Gibb, was also featured in the news segment.

Detailed Actions

  • The planning phase started in Dec 2014 discussing the project details with JCI Turkey.
  • The promotional materials were finalised in January 2015.
  • By late January 2015, JCI Turkey held its first event of the year, the Winter Summit, and began the making of poppy flowers.
  • JCI Australia began promoting the JCI Poppies Project in January through both current member network and past member network.
  • As a result, we received enquiries and support from past members who also participated in the project.
  • In late February 2015, JCI Eastern held its Induction Dinner for its 2015 Committee of Management and a Poppy-Making Competition was scheduled on the night.
  • At the end of the session, over 800 poppies were made by JCI Eastern members and guests.
  • By 10 March 2015, JCI Australia collected 829 poppies (281 came from JCI Turkey) and on behalf of both nations, 2015 JCI Australia National President, Suzi Chen delivered the poppy flowers to the collection point and showcased our effort to the organiser, Lynn Berry.
  • Lynn showed great interests in JCI and our connection to Turkey. She connected JCI Australia with SBS One news network, which resulted in us being interviewed.
  • Lynn also expressed the wish to work with JCI Australia and JCI Turkey further later on in the year to expand this exciting project internationally.
  • JCI Turkey also made a short video clip documenting their fantastic involvement in this project.