Volunteers still needed for RSA Poppy Appeal

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Dunedin tertiary students may be nursing pricked fingers after pinning more than 20,000 poppies for the RSA Poppy Appeal.

Dozens of students, from halls of residence Knox College, Carrington College, Te Rangi College, Cumberland College, Arana College and University College, volunteered for the fiddly job in support of veterans and their families.

Dunedin RSA and Welfare Trust administrator Sally Turner is grateful for the students’ support as she prepares for the RSA’s major annual fundraising project.

“The students have been wonderful this year,” Mrs Turner said.

Boxes of poppies have been distributed to more than 200 businesses and 40 schools, and 37 stands will offer the bright red paper flowers around the city on the appeal’s main day, April 20.

The theme for this year’s RSA Poppy Appeal is “not all wounds bleed”, which aims to highlight the fact that mental health injuries are the most common, but least understood, of all wounds suffered by New Zealand servicemen and women.

Mrs Turner said more volunteers were still needed.

If you are able to help, phone Dunedin RSA on 466-4886.

Volunteers are also needed to make more than 4000 posies on Tuesday, April 24, from 9am to noon, at HMNZS Toroa, 211 St Andrew St.

Donations of rosemary for the posies would also be appreciated.