Poppy & ANZAC AppealS


 In 2014, the United Returned Soldiers' Fund (URSF) was wound up at the closure of the Tuberculosis Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen's Association after nearly 100 years.

Due to the winding up of the URSF, The Returned & Services League's Welfare and Benevolent Institution (RSL WBI) was appointed by the URSF to continue its great work. RSL WBI is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) charity that is consistent with meeting the aims and objects of the URSF. By its DGR status, RSL WBI is capable of offering a fully charitable organisation from which to work. The Trustees of RSL WBI registered the business name  'RSL Appeals NSW' with ASIC and now this charity will be the primary fundraising division within the RSL NSW Branch.

RSL Appeals NSW will continue to conduct two major appeals every year seeking donations from the general public to allow the continued support of serving and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. The monies donated are divided as needed to several areas with RSL - DefenceCare, RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund (AFOF), RSL Operation Care and other RSL of Australia (NSW Branch) authorised charities and funds.

The funds donated to RSL Appeals NSW through both the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day Appeals are a significant contributor to the work of The League in NSW.

Each year Remembrance Day poppies, tokens, and ANZAC Day tokens are worn by Australians young and old. The main fundraising Appeals take place in the week leading up to ANZAC Day and the week before Remembrance Day. The money raised is used to help serving and ex-serving members of the ADF who are in need, including their dependants mainly through DefenceCare.



The Returned Sailors Soldier's Imperial League of Australia (R.S.S.I.L. of Australia) was formed in 1916 to take care of those returned servicemen and women from WW1 and their families.

The United Returned Soldier's Fund (URSF) was formed in 1920 to continue the work of caring for those retuned service personnel. The founding members of the URSF were:

  • The Returned Sailors Soldier's Imperial League of Australia
  • Limbless Soldiers Association NSW
  • T.B. Sailors Soldier's Association NSW

The URSF was first located within the ANZAC Memorial. They conducted the Poppy Day Appeal throughout NSW when the majority of the funds for their ongoing support was generated. Tokens were packed and shipped to the URSF affiliated RSL sub-Branches to raise funds for veterans and their families. The funds generated were distributed as follows:
RSL sub-Branches retained half of the proceeds for the purpose of assisting local cases and the balance was divided equally between:

  • The R.S.S & A.I.L.A
  • Limbless Soldiers' Association NSW
  • T.B. Sailors Soldier's Association NSW

Funds became the lifeblood of the member associations and enabled them to continue their tireless work for those returned from war and required further assistance not available from the government.

The tradition of supporting those ex and current serving members of the ADF continues to this day. URSF recently ceased as an association and forwarded its programs to RSL WBI to operate a new fundraising department, 'RSL Appeals NSW'.