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Selwyn residents are being asked to show their support for members of New Zealand’s armed forces, both present and past, by supporting this year’s annual RSA Poppy Appeal.
Raising vital funds to support the needs of New Zealand’s 41,000 veterans and their families will be the focus of this year’s Poppy Appeal, themed ‘Remember to Care’.
The Anzac Day related appeal is in its 95th year, making it New Zealand’s oldest continuously run appeal.
RSA Chief Executive Jack Steer said the longevity of the appeal reflects New Zealand’s long-service to assisting countries near and far in times of conflict, in peacetime missions and other deployments in aid of others.
“While for most of the 20th Century New Zealanders knew that the Poppy Appeal was a key part of providing support to our former servicemen and women and their dependents, that is not so well understood today,” he said.
“The Poppy Appeal funds can only be used to provide help and support to those veterans and their families, regardless of whether they are RSA members or not. All funds collected by clubs locally are also deployed locally, providing care to those servicemen and women and their families living in your communities,” Members of the public can support the appeal by making a donation to a Street Appeal collector on Friday, April 21.