Poppy Appeal commences for Remembrance Day
Friday 30 October, 2015
Source: RSL South Australia Branch
November is a significant month for the RSL and includes the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day.
The Poppy Appeal commences on Monday November 2 with a launch at the Field of Remembrance on North Terrace. The Field of Remembrance features thousands of crosses planted in the lawns adjacent to Government House. The crosses are planted by Veteran Associations and schools.
The Poppy Appeal raises funds for the RSL to deliver services for Veterans and their families including emergency assistance for accommodation, transport, food and medical support.
In addition, the RSL employs an Advocacy Team to provide ongoing advice and assistance.
Poppies are available for sale from all 134 Sub-branches across South Australia, Northern Territory and Broken Hill. The RSL have a national partnership with Woolworths who sell poppies on their behalf – a significant relationship that assists the fundraising efforts.
In Adelaide the RSL have the support of current staff from the Australian Defence Force who donate their time to sell poppies. The ADF staff and RSL volunteers will be selling poppies at the following locations:
The RSL will also collect on Remembrance Day from 8am to 11am in the city.
The traditional Remembrance Day Service will be held at the SA National War Memorial from 10.45am with the Governor, Premier, Lord Mayor and other guests. This service is open to the general community ( Join the RSL on November 11).
In 2015 the RSL have decided to bring the bugler back to city streets – a bugler will play the Last Post at 11am at three locations:
- 45 Pirie Street (Telstra House)
- Victoria Square (Northern Plaza)
- 400 King William Street (Credit Union SA)
The Last Post will encourage city workers to leave their desks, pause for a minute and buy a poppy.
The RSL have confirmed that ASC – Australia’s submarine maintainer and shipbuilder – as the Poppy Appeal Partner in 2015. The RSL is also partnering with the City of Adelaide who support the Remembrance Day Service and collections in city streets.
If you would like to donate to the Poppy Appeal online please do so here.