2018 Poppy Campaign Request For Volunteers

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Regimental Major (Ret.) Brian Kerr has sent an appeal to the Regimental Association for volunteers to assist Royal Canadian Legion Branch 177 this year for its 2018 Poppy Campaign:

As you know, the Poppy Fund campaign will begin the last week of October and continue until Remembrance day.  In the past, the tagging has been done by Legionaires who were usually veterans of past wars and campaigns.  Lately, as you can understand, it is very difficult to find veterans to stand at key locations to distribute the poppies and collect donations.  I am currently on the executive of the Branch 177 Mount Pleasant Branch of the Royal Canadian  Legion and it has been given the Pacific Centre to distribute poppies.  This is a very good location and the money collected by the branch will be turned over to the Vancouver Poppy Fund and they, in turn, contribute those funds to worthy causes. One of the causes is the support towards the Seaforth Cadets.  Last year the branch donated $1,500 to the 72nd Seaforth Cadets and has donated a further $5,000 this year.  In addition, the Mount Pleasant War Memorial Co-Operative Association topped up their donation to the cadet legacy fund by an additional $12,000.   The legion also donates its space for the cadets to hold their annual Ortona Luncheon in commemoration of the Battle of Ortona. Past members of the Legion include Col. Cece Merrit and Smokey Smith.  The Legion has been good to the Seaforths and now I believe it is up to us to help them.  In doing so, we are still helping the regiment as it will allow the Legion to make another donation to the cadets.

If you can offer any assistance in Branch 177’s campaign, even a few hours will help, please contact the Association.  We will pass on your name, the number of hours and the time of day you would like to attend to Branch 177’s Poppy Campaign coordinator who will contact you with all the necessary details. They will be tagging at the Pacific Center Mall on the following dates: October 26th & 27th & November 1st to the 3rd.

W Michael Patience