Show support, buy a poppy
Cobram-Barooga RSL Sub-Branch is urging residents to buy a poppy next month.
Thousands of Poppy Appeal volunteers across Victoria, including at CobramBarooga RSL Sub-Branch, will start selling the iconic red poppy on Friday, with 100 per cent of the proceeds to support current and former service men and women in need.
In town, poppy stalls will be set up at Woolworths, IGA, and at Cobram Newsagency, from Friday until November 10.
Cobram-Barooga RSL Sub-Branch appeals officer Judy Dunn was expecting the community to rally around the appeal again.
‘‘The Cobram area is always very good, they always support the RSL a lot which is fantastic,’’ she said.
Cobram-Barooga RSL Sub-Branch president Robert Brown said the appeal was a chance for Victorians to come together to reflect and remember in the lead up to Remembrance Day on November 11, at 11 am.
‘‘This year, not only will we have array of poppies to sell, but to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice, we have a $30 Centenary of Armistice poppy and there will also be lovingly handmade poppies this year, constructed by volunteers from around Victoria,’’ he said.
‘‘This November, wear a poppy with pride to say thank you for our dedicated service men and women, past and present.’’
RSL Victoria is aiming for $3 million from this year’s Poppy Appeal, with 2018 marking 100 year since the guns fell silent on the Western Front to end World War I.
Poppies were among the first plants to bloom on the battlefields of France and Belgium and, since 1921, have been to remember those who diedin war.
As a wave of young veterans are finding themselves and their families in need of assistance, it is as important support the Poppy Appeal.
Buy a poppy: Cobram-Barooga RSL Sub-Branch president Rob Brown, appeals officer Judy Dunn and member Morrie Rowles with some of the poppies for sale from Friday.