Support for community Poppy Appeal
This year’s Poppy Appeal was always going to be extra-special with the centenary of the Armistice at the forefront of people’s minds.
But not even Cobram-Barooga RSL Sub-branch could have predicted the tremendous community response.
Appeals officer Judy Dunn said because of the generous support from the community, the RSL collected its highest ever total — $12 271.85.
‘‘Cobram Barooga RSL Subbranch wishes to extend a huge thank you to the Cobram and district community for its support of the recent RSL Poppy Appeal,’’ she said.
‘‘These funds will be used for welfare work to support former members of the Defence Forces in their times of need.’’
Mrs Dunn said factors such as more advertising on television and Facebook this year, the centenary of the Armistice and the well-received pop-up poppy store on Punt Rd all played a significant part.
‘‘Everyone that spoke to us about the pop-up shop was so impressed with it, so I have to thank Glenda Mann for coming up with the idea as well as all the schools for participating,’’ she said.
Mrs Dunn thanked all the volunteers who sold tokens and collected donations.
‘‘They are a wonderful group of people, they all turn up to do the roster and do a fantastic job.’’
She also acknowledged the generous support from IGA, Woolworths and Cobram Newsagency for allowing the appeal stalls to be set up nearby.
RSL president Rob Brown congratulated Mrs Dunn and her husband John for the excellent co-ordination of the appeal and said he was proud of the teamwork from the sub-branch.
Show of support: Almost everybody attending recent Remembrance Day services proudly wore a poppy.