Show sup­port, buy a poppy

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

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.

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