THE POPPY APPEAL
The Poppy Appeal has been run by the RSL across Australia since 1921 and Victoria leads the nation in terms of support for the Appeal from the public.
OUR VOLUNTEER COLLECTORS
Each year in Victoria, thousands of volunteer collectors take to the streets of towns, cities and regional communities to sell red poppies signifying those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our great country. The Poppy Appeal has always and will always only use volunteers to assist with fundraising during the Appeal. Unfortunately, many of our tireless volunteers are now in their twilight years and are unable to collect as often and for as long as they have in previous years. The RSL is focused on recruiting new volunteers over the coming years to relieve the burden on our ageing core supporters.
All monies raised in Victoria go into the General Appeals Patriotic Fund, a fund regulated by State legislation that is used to assist current and former members of the Australian Defence Forces and Allies, as well as their dependants in times of need.
Throughout Victoria, the funds are managed and distributed by both the individual RSL Sub-Branches (of which there are approximately 300) within their local veteran community and through the RSL State Branch at ANZAC House. Funds are used for various activities including emergency financial assistance (such as food & petrol vouchers, rent & bond payments), medical needs, property maintenance, funerals, aged care support, mobility aids and any other needs of the veteran community, whether young or old, RSL members or not.
The Poppy Appeal contributes significantly to the fundraising work of the RSL. The largest fundraising activity is the sale of poppies beginning in late October each year. Poppies are available in various denominations from $1 to $50 and all money raised is used to assist both current and former serving members of the Australian and Allied defence forces and their dependents in times of need. In addition, the popular poppy wristbands and bag-tags are sold alongside the badge range. The RSL encourages all Victorians to buy and wear a poppy and ‘Remember in November.’
Poppies are available:
- Via your local RSL Sub-Branch (list available at www.rslvic.com.au)
- From collectors in your local community during late October/early November
- Through ANZAC House at 4 Collins St, Melbourne
Or donations can be made at www.poppyappeal.com.au