Poppy Day funds help for vet­er­ans

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Re­turned and Ser­vices’ As­so­ci­a­tion (RSA) an­nual ap­peal started on Mon­day April 18, with the Poppy Day street col­lec­tion on Thurs­day April 21.

The an­nual ap­peal is the RSA’s ma­jor fundrais­ing cam­paign and al­lows lo­cal RSAs to con­tinue to as­sist vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies.

As well as the tra­di­tional street col­lec­tion, do­na­tions can be made on­line at www.an­za­cpoppy.com where New Zealan­ders also have the op­por­tu­nity to leave a mes­sage, find a ser­vice and up­load a photo of An­zac Day and much more.

‘‘New Zealan­der’s gen­eros­ity each year shows that the An­zac spirit con­tin­ues to live and in­deed grows stronger with each year,’’ said RSA na­tional pres­i­dent Don McIver.

‘‘It is through these do­na­tions that our 200 RSAs across the coun­try can help those vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies in need.’’

This Poppy Day is the 90th ap­peal with the first tak­ing place prior to An­zac Day 1922 mak­ing it one of the long­est-run­ning na­tion­wide ap­peals. Es­ti­mated 1 mil­lion dis­trib­uted on Poppy Day. There are 115,000 RSA mem­bers na­tion­wide. There are 14,000 vet­er­ans re­ceiv­ing the war dis­able­ment pen­sion.

There are 6000 war wi­d­ows who are re­ceiv­ing the sur­viv­ing spouse pen­sion.

Two hun­dred lo­cal RSAs and branches col­lect­ing on Poppy Day.

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