Herb Jackson (5th from left) with other RSL members (names TBC) who are selling Lagacy badges for ANZAC Day, 11/04/2019 Photo: Brendan McCarthy

 

RSL Appeal organisers are gearing up for the 2019 Anzac Appeal and the Bendigo District RSL sub-branch will again be at the forefront.

Sub-branch president Peter Swandale said every year the community gets behind the appeal.

“I am always so humbled and proud of the generosity our local community shows towards all veterans, current serving and ex-service personnel,” he said.

“Whether its through providing space for our volunteer badge sellers, through having boxes of badges for sale in their shops and offices or through buying an Anzac Appeal badge.”

“Our volunteers will be out and about selling badges across Bendigo from this Saturday until Anzac Day eve so when you see them, please stop, say hello and buy a badge or make a donation.”

Mr Swandale said all of the proceeds go towards supporting veterans and their families.

“Those men and women who have served our country and who may now need a bit of support,” he said.

“The Bendigo District RSL sub-branch is consistently being called upon to support our new and younger cohort of veterans, as well current serving and ex-service personnel from more recent conflicts and peacekeeping operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

Mr Swandale said the RSL also supports those transitioning out of defence.

“This need demonstrates that the Bendigo District RSL is as relevant today as we were in 1916,” he said.

“So, please show your support for our local veterans through purchasing an ANZAC Appeal badge or simply make a donation, it all helps.”