What is the Poppy Appeal?

06-Nov-2016

What is the Poppy Appeal?

The Poppy Appeal campaign encourages all Australians to “Remember this November” by donating and receiving a poppy from volunteers or online at www.poppyshop.org.au. It will also seek to educate Australians on the significance of the poppy and the work RSL NSW & RSL DefenceCare do to support returned servicemen and women.



What is the significance of the red poppy?

The Red Poppy has special significance for Australians. Worn on Remembrance Day (11 November) each year, the red poppies were among the first plants to flower in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium in the First World War.



What does the purple poppy stand for?

This year will also see an increased focus on the role animals have played serving in our armed forces. Service animals are traditionally remembered with a purple poppy and this year RSL NSW & RSL DefenceCare are encouraging people to buy a purple poppy for their pets.



How will the money raised be used?

Money raised from the appeal is used directly to help Australian service men and women with physical or mental illnesses and injuries. Importantly, most funds raised in local communities stay in local communities.



What sort of issues do returning servicemen and women need to deal with?

Some can find it difficult to transition to civilian life. Finding a new job, dealing with mental and physical injuries or experiencing financial hardship can lead to significant stress and trauma. RSL DefenceCare’s aim is to help them and their families get through tough times and will continue helping for as long as it is needed.



How many people do you help each year?



Who is this year's Poppy Appeal ambassador?

 

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