Sup­port for com­mu­nity Poppy Ap­peal

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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