Say thank you by wearing a poppy

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

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 silent 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.