Say thank you by wear­ing a poppy

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala RSL Sub-Branch is call­ing on lo­cals to pur­chase a Poppy this Novem­ber.

Thou­sands of Poppy Ap­peal vol­un­teers around Vic­to­ria in­clud­ing at Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala RSL Sub-Branch, will be­gin sell­ing the much-loved, iconic red poppy with 100 per cent of the pro­ceeds 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 si- lent 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.

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. 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,” said State Pres­i­dent, Dr Rob Web­ster OAM.

“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 Aus­tralia De­fence Force, you are rais­ing much needed funds to as­sist past and present ser­vice men and women and their de­pen­dents in times of need.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ian Sum­mers, Pres­i­dent, Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala RSL Sub-Branch, the Poppy Ap­peal is an op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­ni­ties to come to­gether to re­flect and re­mem­ber in the lead up to Re­mem­brance Day on 11th Novem­ber at 11:00am.

“This year, not only will we have 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,” Ian Sum­mers said.

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