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Poppy appeal raises nearly $2m

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/06/2017

Poppy Day Appeal in April gathered $1.9m nationwide, says RSA national president BJ Clark. © AFP Poppy Day Appeal in April gathered $1.9m nationwide, says RSA national president BJ Clark. The RSA Poppy Appeal raised nearly $2 million for defence force personnel dealing with hardship or disability.

Poppy Day Appeal in April gathered $1.9m nationwide, says RSA national president BJ Clark.

Poppy Appeal funds are used exclusively to provide health, welfare and support to New Zealand's current and former service personnel, and their families, he said.

"We are grateful for the fantastic public support, for all our volunteers who contribute their time and effort, and for our corporate partners who contribute so generously to the appeal," he said.

"They make it possible to care for those who have served our country at home and overseas - whether or not they are members of the RSA."

Helping those with post traumatic stress syndrome, or families with hardship or health issues, or assisting soldiers returning to civilian life is very important, Mr Clark said.

"Many of those who serve - whether deployed in recent conflicts, or in routine service - face major challenges as a result of the actions and circumstances they witness and participate in.

"Military service can take a significant toll, whether physical, mental, or on families.

"This money will go a long way towards helping address this."

Members of the US armed forces stationed at the US embassy in Wellington helped with the street appeal in April, as did All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, former All Black captain Buck Shelford and filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson.

The New Zealand Defence Force currently employs more than 14,500 people - 11,667 service personnel and 2865 civilian staff.

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