AN­ZAC Ap­peal 2018 – When our he­roes need he­roes

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Vic­to­ri­ans are urged to buy and wear an AN­ZAC badge this AN­ZAC Day and ac­knowl­edge that even he­roes need he­roes.

Or­gan­is­ers are call­ing on all Vic­to­ri­ans to dig deep and help sup­port Aus­tralian vet­er­ans, both young and old.

The 2018 AN­ZAC Ap­peal will com­mence in late March in the lead up to AN­ZAC Day on April 25 with vet­er­ans and vol­un­teers sell­ing AN­ZAC badges through­out the com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to RSL State Pres­i­dent Dr Robert Web­ster, al­most one mil­lion AN­ZAC Ap­peal badges will be dis­trib­uted through­out Vic­to­ria alone this year.

“Th­ese badges are dis­trib­uted to our net­work of 285 Sub-Branches in ev­ery cor­ner of the state; they then as­sem­ble their teams of lo­cal vol­un­teers, of­ten vet­er­ans, who spend hours sell­ing in the streets of the com­mu­nity,” said Mr Web­ster.

“The money we raise from the sale of AN­ZAC Ap­peal badges helps cur­rent and for­mer de­fence force per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies when in need.

Mr Web­ster said that help pro­vided varies dra­mat­i­cally but in­cludes di­rect as­sis­tance such as pay­ing rent, med­i­cal bills, and other liv­ing ex­penses; pro­vid­ing food vouch­ers and home main­te­nance as­sis­tance; and ed­u­ca­tion or re-ed­u­ca­tion. Other as­sis­tance in­cludes pen­sion and ad­vo­cacy sup­port for vet­er­ans.

“Vet­er­ans, both young and old, are a proud bunch by na­ture and ask­ing for help is al­ways dif­fi­cult and the last thing they do; by the time we are called in to as­sist, the sit­u­a­tion is of­ten des­per­ate.”

“The AN­ZAC Ap­peal, the work of the RSL Vic­to­ria and its Sub-Branches, also brings to­gether a na­tion for a time to re­flect what has hap­pened in past con­flicts and also an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise what is hap­pen­ing now.”

“Through the AN­ZAC Ap­peal, Aus­tralians con­tinue to stand to­gether, wear­ing their own badge of honour and re­mem­ber­ing the ser­vice­men and women who sac­ri­ficed so much for us.” Dr Web­ster con­cluded.

“The com­mu­nity’s sup­port for the AN­ZAC Ap­peal is vi­tal for us to con­tinue to de­liver as­sis­tance to those who’ve given so much pro­tect­ing our way of life.”

This AN­ZAC Ap­peal will see the launch of a spe­cial $30 badge com­mem­o­rat­ing the Bat­tle of Villers Bre­ton­neux, and a new $50 badge to com­mem­o­rate the ‘Our AN­ZAC Nurses.’

AN­ZAC Ap­peal badges can be pur­chased from your lo­cal RSL Sub-Branch, Of­fice­works and Wool­worths and from vol­un­teer col­lec­tors in your lo­cal com­mu­nity dur­ing April. Al­ter­nately, you can go on­line and do­nate at www.an­za­cap­peal.com.au

AN­ZAC badges and pins of all dif­fer­ent sizes and prices to wear on AN­ZAC Day, Wednesday, April 25.

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