FROM late October, Poppy Appeal volunteers from around the state will be selling red poppies to raise much needed funds for current and former service men and women of the Australian Defence Force.
Dedicated volunteers from over 275 RSL sub-branches, including Rochester, will be hard at work hoping to raise $3 million in support of our veterans.
‘‘The way RSL Victoria helps varies and is always tailored to the needs of the individual, and it may include such things as relief from financial hardship, assistance with DVA pensions and advocacy when required and crisis accommodation,’’ RSL Victoria fundraising manager Peter Smith said.
‘‘We are also funding programs targeted towards the current generation of veterans, as we work to combat the effects of social isolation.
‘‘RSL active was designed to create opportunities for veterans to come together and participate in sports and other activities.’’
RSL Victoria state president Dr Robert Webster explained there is a new wave of younger veterans who are finding themselves and their families in need of assistance, so it is as important as ever to donate to the Poppy Appeal.
‘‘There are veterans in our community who are hurting, their families are struggling and in need of assistance, so it is important as ever to donate to the Poppy Appeal,’’ he said.
Poppies are available to purchase from your local RSL sub-branch, Woolworths and Officeworks stores across Victoria or from volunteers in your local community.