RSA ‘chuffed’ with efforts

Waitaki residents dug deep when giving to this year’s Poppy Day collection and the Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) welfare trust is "chuffed" with the amount raised.

Waitaki RSA welfare trustee Warren Prescott said fundraising was up 12% on last year and the funds raised broke the $10,000 mark.

"We can’t thank the people of Oamaru enough. We are chuffed," Mr Prescott said.

The fundraising has been increasing each year since 2022, last year’s Poppy Day fundraiser raising $9000, up 10% on the year before.

The money collected in Oamaru was used locally, to benefit the welfare of the district, Mr Prescott said.

"The money is in trust for ex-service personnel who require assistance.

"The great thing is the money stays in the area to benefit those in Waitaki."

About 70 volunteers, including the Air Training Corps (ATC), service groups and ex-service personnel, sold poppies on the streets of Oamaru on April 19 for Poppy Day, the annual fundraiser for the RSA.

Mr Prescott said the trust was extremely grateful to all the volunteers.

"A big thank-you to all our collectors who gave up their time, including the ATC and the Lions Club, who were absolutely marvellous for all their work."