Poppy Day funds help for veterans
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.