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Poppy Day volunteers needed

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The run-up to the annual Anzac Poppy Day is in full swing at Howick RSA and, as is the case every year, more volunteers will be welcomed to help spread the load.

Colin Smith has been planning this for several months.

The campaign got underway last week when boxes of poppies were delivered to 40 schools throughout the Howick Ward.

For the 13th year Macleans College students will take poppy and collection boxes around businesses throughout the East Tamaki industrial area.

And on Monday boxes of 100 poppies along with collection boxes will be dropped off to a myriad of businesses throughout the ward, including retail shops, banks, doctors’ rooms, tennis club, garden centres and cafes.

Every year the RSA establishes key collection points in shopping malls throughout the ward and it is here there can never be enough volunteers.

They are needed to man the booths on four two-hour shifts, from 8.30am-4.30pm on Poppy Day.

“We are always very grateful to the volunteers,” Mr Smith said.

“We never have enough but it spreads the load. People can always bring a partner or a friend to share the shift.”

Volunteers prepared to man RSA booths on Poppy Day in the Howick Ward on April 21, can phone the Howick RSA on 534-9702 or send an email to or leave a name and time on the  RSA notice board.

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