As well as paying their respects on the field in Melbourne next Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors are lending their support to two Anzac Day causes this year – the RSA’s annual Poppy Appeal and the RSA-Herald Pin a Poppy Appeal.
The RSA’s Poppy Appeal donations are used to support both current and ex-servicemen and women, including the New Zealand Police, and their dependents, living in the community where the funds are raised.
On Poppy Day tomorrow (April 21) the public are encouraged to buy a red poppy and wear it to show their support for the RSA and the needs of New Zealand’s war veterans.
The New Zealand Herald has teamed up with the RSA with the Pin a Poppy cause to help the children of Kiwi servicemen and servicewomen killed in the line of duty.
Launched on Monday and running through until Anzac Day, Pin a Poppy aims to raise funds to send children to an Australian-based programme called Camp Legacy, which focuses on helping them through grief as well as personal, emotional and mental challenges life presents.
For 10-days children aged between 6-17 "mix and mingle, share and cry but ultimately have fun together" through testing day trips and activities, including rock climbing, caving, physical training, horse riding, swimming and tramping.
A digital poppy is sent via text or from NZME’s deals site in exchange for a small donation towards the campaign. The poppy will be able to be downloaded with the option to show your support on social media.
Donations will go to an RSA bank account where the money will be used to send children from New Zealand to Camp Legacy.