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Appealing for poppies

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November 22, 2017

Maya Shannon, Carole Petersen, Atheana Siciliano.

Knitting needles have been furiously clacking away to make enough poppies for Cobram RSL, which is asking for poppies by the end of December for the 2018 Anzac appeal.

The poppies will be sold to raise money for current and former servicemen and women who face financial hardships after returning from service.

Cobram’s Carole Petersen has already made 70 poppies and is getting faster and faster at making them.

‘‘At first I was making one a day, but now I’m making three a day,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s good fun. I’m enjoying it.’’

Ms Petersen was recruited by St Joseph’s in Cobram and the Catholic Parish, which are attempting to get more parents and grandparents involved in the poppy-making process.

‘‘We’re trying to spread the word, because the more people that know about it the better,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a good project to help the servicemen and to support them with what they do.’’

The Anzac appeal is a highly personal cause for Ms Petersen, whose great-uncle served in the war.

‘‘We used to march together on Anzac Day,’’ she said.

‘‘He’s long gone but the memories live on, don’t they?’’

RSL Victoria president Robert Webster said the poppy appeal was intended to honour the memories of old veterans and support the lives of new veterans.

‘‘There is a new wave of younger veterans who are finding themselves and their families in need of assistance, so it is as important as ever to donate to the poppy appeal,’’ Dr Webster said.

‘‘There are veterans in our community who are hurting, their families are struggling, and by donating to the poppy appeal and wearing a poppy, we are showing these vulnerable Victorians that we support them, that the people of Victoria support them.’’

Anyone interested in making poppies can call Carmel Natale 0400104741.

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