Getting a head start on next poppy appeal

January 10, 2018

Remembering the fallen: Carole Peterson and Katherine Renfrew show off their poppies with the help of St Joseph’s Primary School students.

The Cobram Barooga RSL has been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public, with 668 poppies already contributed to next year’s Anzac appeal.

The poppies will be sold all around Victoria for Remembrance Day this year, with the proceeds going towards current and former servicemen and women who have experienced hardship after returning from service.

It is the first time since the RSL began knitting the poppies that the club has worked in conjunction with St Joseph’s Primary School, Cobram.

Teachers and parents have been industriously knitting away, while members of St Joseph’s Catholic parish have also been doing their part to help.

Co-ordinator and RSL member Kay Poustie said she was thankful for the contribution of the local community.

‘‘I had a lot of people from all over Cobram and Barooga contacting me wanting to help after I put a couple of advertisements in the paper. It’s been fantastic,’’ she said.

For Ms Poustie, getting involved in such a project was all the more pertinent because of her connection to the armed forces.

‘‘I’ve had family members who have represented Australia in all of the wars,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve got an uncle who is still with us — who will be 94 — that fought, and I have a nephew in Afghanistan, so it means a lot.’’

Ms Poustie said all the poppies would eventually be sent to Malvern in Melbourne and would then be distributed to all of the RSL branches around Victoria.

She said last year they were aiming for 5000 poppies, but ended up with 50000.

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