Wear a poppy in remembrance

City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch secretary Wilson McClelland (right) and member Trevor Pleace (in front of the Lismore Memorial Baths World War I Roll of Honour) are encouraging people to support annual Poppy Day next week.

With Remembrance Day on November 11 fast approaching, people are being encouraged to help the ex-service communitys welfare work by buying poppies, badges, wristbands and pens next week in the lead-up to the annual ceremony and wreath laying.

The City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branchs annual Poppy Day sales will be conducted on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week (November 8-10) at various locations around Lismore and Goonellabah.

Money raised from the sales is the major source of income for the RSL Sub-Branch, allowing it to carry out its welfare work within the ex-service community, such as hospital visits.

Sub-Branch secretary Wilson McClelland said volunteers were urgently needed to help sell the poppies this year as many of the regular helpers were unavailable.

The students at Trinity College have offered to help us with sales around the CBD but we need more volunteers to do the industrial estates, Wilson said.

The RSL Sub-Branch is also preparing to send parcels to troops serving overseas, containing books, sweets, biscuits and other small items to provide some extra comfort during their tour of duty.

We would like relatives of any locals serving overseas to let us know and well try and get them a parcel before Christmas, Wilson said. Weve sent parcels over to East Timor in the past, and at our last meeting members decided to do it on a regular basis.

Volunteers for the poppy sales or anyone who would like to request a parcel for a loved one should phone Wilson on 6621 3851.

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