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Volunteers needed for Poppy Day

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Volunteers are needed to collect around east Auckland on Poppy Day, Friday, April 19. Times file photo

Friday, April 19, is Poppy Day.

On this day Howick RSA has been fundraising for many years by selling poppies.

Hard working RSA volunteers exchange distinctive red poppies for a donation towards the Poppy Appeal.

All funds raised go towards the RSA’s vital support work, which can include financial support, advocacy, transportation, and access to a strong network of people who have been through similar experiences.

“We are a small group of volunteers organising this important day and to make it as successful as possible we would love to have more volunteers involved in the following roles – collectors who will be available for a few hours on Poppy Day, Friday, April 19, for collecting at various locations around east Auckland from 8.30am to 4.30pm,” a spokesperson said.

Collectors are also needed for the Howick Market on Saturday, April 13 and Saturday, April 20, from 7.30am to 1pm.

“This year it would be great to share our collection tables with veterans in uniform to represent the importance of honouring the sacrifice they have made and the symbol of the red poppy and its national significance.”

“Coordinators are also needed to help organise Poppy Day for a few hours a week, from now until Poppy Day.

“Roles include dropping collection boxes to schools, rest homes and local businesses, and picking them up again.

“There is also a transportation role for someone with a car and trailer or a light truck.

“We need a couple of reliable people to drop collection tables and chairs to various locations around east Auckland, and pick them up again later in the day, or the following day.”

Money raised will go towards veterans’ welfare.

Contact welfare@howickrsa.co.nz or 027 270 8642 if you can assist with volunteering this year.

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