RSL holds 2016 Anzac Appeals

RSL Appeals organisers at sub-branches throughout Victoria are collecting for the 2016 Anzac Appeal.

This year marks the centenary of the RSL, giving special significance to this year’s appeal.

Maffra RSL sub-branch president Lindsay Morton is confident the local community will again generously support the RSL’s annual Anzac Appeal.

“Our RSL volunteers, many of them veterans, are ready to offer a variety of Anzac Appeal badges,” he said.

“The high level of energy and commitment shown by our sub-branch volunteers as they raise the much needed funds, is truly humbling.

“Each and every volunteer is determined to get into the community and not only sell Anzac badges, but to share their stories and experiences.”

Mr Morton thanked locals who supported the appeal and veterans, saying money raised helped deliver much-needed help to men and women who have served Australia and now needed support.

RSL Victoria’s Appeals manager Peter Smith said the way in which the RSL provided support varied from case to case, but could include the provision of mobility devices, help with medical and household expenses, education and employment assistance and food vouchers.

“Increasingly, the support is being directed to a much younger cohort of veterans; those from the more recent conflicts and peacekeeping operations of East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan,” Mr Smith said.

“Each RSL Sub-Branch in Victoria plays a vital role within their community and for many veterans, the sub-branch is the social and welfare hub that they know and love.

“I encourage members of the community to engage with their local RSL, attend a commemorative Anzac service and to show that they care by buying and wearing an Anzac Appeal badge with pride this April.”

Appeal badges can be bought from Woolworths, Officeworks, local RSL sub-branches or volunteer collectors.

People can also donate online at www.anzacappeal.com.au