It’s Poppy Day... give generously

Friday April 12, 2019 Written by Published in Local
President of the Returned and Services Association (RSA) Denis Dwane, MBE, holding the poppy donation boxes with proud Bluesky staff Teina Ngatamaine (left) and Mata Eliaba.19041110 President of the Returned and Services Association (RSA) Denis Dwane, MBE, holding the poppy donation boxes with proud Bluesky staff Teina Ngatamaine (left) and Mata Eliaba.19041110

Today the Cook Islands Returned and Services Association is promoting Poppy Day a week earlier than normal due to Good Friday falling on its usual date next week.

 

Last year close to $3000 was collected from the poppy drive; contributions go towards the welfare of returned servicemen, most of the money is used to upgrade their living facilities.

“At the moment we are dealing with two returned servicemen in need,” said RSA president Denis Dwane.

Veterans Affairs NZ has provided up to $24,000 towards the welfare of returned servicemen in the Cook Islands.

The vibrant red poppies were the first flowers to grow in Flanders’ fields after the battles of World War I, appearing from among the graves of fallen soldiers.

“The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and recognition of sacrifice.”

There is no correct way to wear the poppy, as long as you wear the poppy and understand why it’s important.  “That’s all that matters,” Dwane said, “wear the poppy with pride and respect.”

Support our veterans and give kindly, the donation boxes are distributed at the following premises: RSA, Bluesky, CITC stores, the Islander Hotel, Pacific Resort, BSP bank, CITC supermarket, Café Salsa, Cook Islands Game Fishing Club and several other locations on the island.

The poppy boxes will be collected after ANZAC day (April 25). 

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