Supporting young veterans through the Poppy Appeal

RSL Appeal organisers at Sub-Branches in country and metropolitan areas have been gearing up for the annual Poppy Appeal, with thousands of poppies expected to be sold and proudly worn in remembrance of sacrifice.

Hundreds of Poppy Appeal volunteers have been selling the iconic red poppy to raise funds to benefit serving Defence Force, former servicemen and women and their families.

RSL SA Chief Executive Officer, Corey Starkey said the Poppy Appeal “is an opportunity to give financial support towards those who served in our name and by wearing a poppy it shows that we remember the sacrifice and service of those who fought wars and campaigns and served in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions.”

Poppies were among the first plants to bloom in the devastated battlefields of France and Belgium.

Since 1921 they have been used in remembrance of those who fell during times of war.

Mr Starkey said as a wave of young veterans find themselves and their families in need of assistance, it is as important as ever to donate to the Poppy Appeal.

He explained the help provided to veterans varies dramatically and is tailored to each case.

Types of assistance include financial assistance to help pay bills, medical expenses and the provision of mobility aids, emergency accommodation, food vouchers, education of dependents, funeral arrangements, transport assistance, the transition to civilian employment and advocacy to help secure benefits and compensation.

Murray Bridge Sub Branch President Merv Schopp said, “Year in, year out, our community rallies together to support the Poppy Appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Day. I would like to thank the local community who support our Sub-Branch and wear their poppy with pride.” 

Purchase a poppy at RSL sub-branches, Bunnings, Murray Bridge Marketplace or www.poppyappeal.com.au.

For more information call June Laing, 8532 1314; if no answer, please leave a message.