SCRSA hopes to exceed $12,000 target in Poppy Appeal

Don Boot was happy to see public donations.

Don Boot was happy to see public donations.

The South Canterbury RSA is hoping this year's Poppy Day will exceed last year's, which was the most successful yet for the region. 

Last year more than $12,000 was raised by the public through donations.

Poppy collectors were out in force on Friday for this year's campaign.

South Canterbury RSA general manager Michelle Brown said last year was the most successful poppy day yet. 

Brown said donations raised last year were "heaps, which was great" but with nicer weather this year they hoped to exceed that number. 

"We just hope the people of South Canterbury are generous as always."

Ten stalls were set up around Timaru at supermarkets and on Stafford St, with volunteers collecting donations in exchange for a poppy, as well as RSA badges and merchandise. 

Brown said all money raised would go back into the South Canterbury Poppy Charitable Trust to be used by veterans and their families that needed the support. 

One volunteer and 10 year member of the South Canterbury RSA Wally Divan said it had been a good day.

He said volunteers were given a big box of poppies and "had to get rid of them".

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People of all ages had been donating, especially young people, he said.

He said it was "great that they still think of the vets" and that young people were interested as the ones who went away to war were not much older than some teenagers he had received donations from on the day.

Poppy Day first started in 1922, making it one of the oldest nationwide appeals.

It is the biggest fundraiser for the RSA and is usually held each year on the Friday before Anzac Day.

Last year $1.9 million dollars was raised nationally, RSA communications and marketing manager Hamish Stuart said.

Stuart said "it is an opportunity for people to support veterans and their families and to remember those gone before".

 - Stuff


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