Volunteers needed for Poppy Day collection

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The RSA’s annual fundraiser is just weeks away, but with their WW2 members now well into their 90s they are relying on volunteers to do the collecting for them.

Nelson RSA president Barry Pont says it has been traditional for WW2 veterans to collect on Poppy Day, but that is getting harder for many of them as they are now in their 90s, with one member over 100. He’s hoping that members of the public will volunteer an hour of their time to collect at one of the various stalls they have around the region.

“All up we need at least 50 volunteers and we already have about 25 signed up. We man the stalls on a roster of at least an hour each, so it’s not too strenuous,” he says.

All money raised from Poppy Day collection stays locally and is used for welfare costs for returned servicemen or their widows or dependants. Stalls are held in Stoke, Tahunanui and Nelson.

Barry says Poppy Day is on Friday April 15 this year, with Anzac Day ten days later on April 25.

Last year the dawn parade was held at Trafalgar Park to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings. Barry says this year’s service will return to Anzac Park.

“We’re going back to our traditional Anzac Park for the dawn parade. If there was a big occasion we’d look at Trafalgar Park, but we like the tradition of Anzac Park.”

If you’d like to volunteer on Poppy Day, call Barry on 548 6815 or 547 7562.