Local MPs Urge Charity During Poppy Appeal

04/11/2012

Local State MPs have announced they will be taking part in this year's Poppy Appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Day.

The Poppy Appeal is held in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11, with money helping the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) in its extensive work with war veterans and their families.

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg said he will be selling poppies at Kallangur Fair between 11:15am and 11:45am on Thursday 8th November.

"Remembrance Day honours diggers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending this country and striving to bring peace in conflicts across the globe," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"This is something simple that I can do to remember them and the legacy they left behind."

Mr Seath Holswich will also be selling poppies at Warner Village with Bray Park/Strathpine RSL on Wednesday 7th November between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

Mr Holswich said the RSL also needs the support of volunteers.

"I would urge people in the Pine Rivers electorate to donate their time as well as money, to help raise funds for such a worthy cause."

The Returned and Services League provides funds and a range of services for military veterans and their families, including advice and advocacy, health care and emergency accommodation.

Mr Ruthenberg said the RSL first introduced the Poppy Appeal to Australia in 1921.

"Red poppies were among the first plants to bloom in the First World War battlefields of Northern France and Belgium, and the emblem is now symbolic of the sacrifice of those who died in war," he said.

"People who buy a poppy are encouraged to wear it on Remembrance Day, when, at the 11th hour (11 am), we pause to remember the lives lost on the battlefield."

To donate or for information on volunteering please call your local RSL branch or go to www.rslqld.org