Poppy Appeal raised $1.7m

More than $1.7 million was raised during the 2014 Poppy Appeal.

The money, which goes towards the support of veterans, ex-service men and women, and their families, showed the generosity of Kiwis, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association (RSA) said today.

Despite stormy conditions on April 17 dampening street collections, the warm spirit of donors showed the men and women who served New Zealand had not been forgotten, RSA chief executive David Moger said.

"We're deeply grateful for the generous support of poppy collectors, donors, the New Zealand Defence Force and our national partners, including Z Energy and ANZ. Because of their help, we're able to assist veterans in need with funds for healthcare, a hand around the home, transport to the doctors, practical care, and so much more," he said.

The fund-raising had been aided by the adoption of more modern methods of raising awareness.

"This year we started exploring mobile and online giving to provide easy ways to support our veterans now and in the future," Mr Moger said.

"We also launched an RSA national Facebook page -- an exciting development for an organisation formed in the age of the telegram."

On Anzac Day next year, New Zealand will commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.

All poppies distributed through the 2015 Poppy Appeal will be New Zealand made, after Christchurch RSA was announced as the RSA's official poppy supplier in June this year.

"As a Kiwi, a Cantabrian and a veteran, it'll be a proud moment when I march alongside my comrades on the centenary of Gallipoli, wearing a poppy made in Christchurch," RSA national vice president Barry Clark said.


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