RSA members, volunteers and men and women in uniform will be out in force today as the RSA’s 2019 Poppy Appeal hits the streets.
This year’s RSA Poppy Appeal has a focus on the support needed for families of service men and women. The theme is He whanau Kotahi tatou – We are all family.
“Service to New Zealand often comes with some sacrifice,” says RSA national president BJ Clark.
“Most of the time this is seen as a personal sacrifice, yet the impact is also felt intensely by family members and sometimes this can last across many generation.”
The proceeds of the Poppy Appeal help veterans coping with the myriad of condition brought on by service, for help with transitioning to civilian life or financial aid in times of hardship.
The Poppy Appeal is a time for New Zealanders to recognise that service and give back to those who have made sacrifices and put their well-being at risk for others.
Members of the public can support the appeal by donating to a Street Appeal collector on Friday April 12.
Donations can also be made online at rsa.org.nz/donate, at any ANZ branch, and via text. Simply text POPPY to 4622 to make a $3 donation.
All website donations during the month of April go to the National Poppy Trust.