RSA volunteers exchange distinctive red poppies for a donation to the RSA Poppy Day appeal in support of current and ex-service personnel, including the NZ Police, and their families.

The poppy reminds us of sacrifices made – both past and present. Poppies were the first flowers that grew in the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium during World War One and are a symbol of remembrance and hope.

Poppy Day has been a part of the New Zealand calendar since 1922, making it one of the oldest nationwide appeals. This year Poppy Day is Friday 20th April 2018 in Waikouaiti and Karitane.

Have you noticed the newly painted RSA in Pratt Street, Waikouaiti (photo below), plus more exciting changes are coming soon. The RSA was formed in New Zealand in 1916 by returning Anzacs during World War One to provide support and comfort for service men and women and their families. The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association is made up of 182 local RSAs around the country, each an entity in their own right, with over 102,000 members. Local RSAs are managed by their own executive committee while being united with the RNZRSA in their strategic pillars, vision, and values. They believe in a nation joined by a heartfelt connection to the Anzac spirit of courage, commitment, comradeship and compassion. The current committee in Waikouaiti consist of:

President:   Warren MacLeod

Vice-President:   John Moar

Secretary:   Colin McKillop

Treasurer:   Keith Pheasant

Welfare Officer:   Wendy MacLeod

Committee:   Lynne Booth, Jenny Rowley, Debra Hamilton, June Rumble, Hugh Bell 

Your local RSA in Waikouaiti is open every Friday night from 4.30pm with a meal served at 6.30pm. New members are always welcome including Compulsory Military Training CMT personnel and their partners, past and present military personnel and service people. The RSA caters for up to 50 people for a meal or you could join them for one of their quiz nights or games evenings.

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