Poppy Ap­peal marks special an­niver­sary

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By MICHAEL MATTINGLY

POPPY Ap­peal vol­un­teers at Heath­cote RSL sub-branch will join vol­un­teers from around Vic­to­ria in sell­ing the iconic red poppy in Novem­ber, with 100 per cent of the pro­ceeds go­ing to sup­port cur­rent and for­mer ser­vice men and women in need.

RSL Vic­to­ria is tar­get­ing $3 mil­lion in this year’s Poppy Ap­peal, with 2018 mark­ing a most sig­nif­i­cant year — 100 years since the guns fell silent on the West­ern Front to end the Great War.

Pop­pies were among the first plants to bloom in the dev­as­tated bat­tle­fields of France and Bel­gium, and since 1921, they have been used in re­mem­brance of those who fell dur­ing times of war.

Ac­cord­ing to Miles Humphrey, pres­i­dent of the Heath­cote RSL sub-branch, the Poppy Ap­peal is an op­por­tu­nity for Vic­to­ri­ans to come to­gether to re­flect and re­mem­ber in the lead up to Re­mem­brance Day on Novem­ber 11.

“This year, not only will we have an 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, made 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.”

As a wave of young vet­er­ans are find­ing them­selves and their fam­i­lies in need of as­sis­tance, it is as im­por­tant this Novem­ber, as it is ev­ery year, to do­nate to the Poppy Ap­peal.

“The Poppy Ap­peal holds a special place in the hearts of Aussies, and as we wear our poppy this year, we thank the men and women who have fought for Aus­tralia 100 years ago and to­day,” state pres­i­dent Rob Web­ster said.

“This year we com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the ar­mistice to end the First World War, where Aus­tralians gave their lives for the free­dom we en­joy to­day.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the needs of our younger vet­er­ans are crit­i­cal to­day. Wear­ing a poppy is also how we can sup­port them and thank them for their ser­vice.

“Through your sup­port of the Poppy Ap­peal, and by wear­ing a poppy this Novem­ber, not only are you ac­knowl­edg­ing the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of the men and women of the Aus­tralian De­fence Force, you are rais­ing much-needed funds to as­sist past and present ser­vice men and women and their de­pen­dents in times of need.”

You can pur­chase your poppy from your lo­cal RSL sub-branch, from vol­un­teer col­lec­tors in your lo­cal com­mu­nity or do­nate on­line at pop­pyap­peal.com.au

'We have a $30 Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice Poppy and there will also be lov­ingly hand­made pop­pies'

— Miles Humphrey

Ray Ba­s­tock, Robin Wratt, Ron Mea­ger, Dave Wher­rett, Alan Hough, Noel Cahill and Doug ‘Rambo’ McLen­nan.

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