Poppy Appeal marks special anniversary
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.