RSA annual poppy appeal set to focus on mental health




The annual poppy appeal which raises money to help veterans is about to get under way.

Poppy Day

Source: Breakfast

The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association is holding the official launch of this year's appeal on Tuesday at an event attended by Veterans Minister Ron Mark.

Poppy Day is on April 20.

The annual appeal raises funds to support New Zealand's 41,000 veterans, returned servicemen and women and their families.

The themes of this year's appeal include addressing mental health needs of our country's younger veterans who have served overseas in recent operations.

On Poppy Day seven teams from the New Zealand Defence Force and emergency response services will go head-to-head in the second Tower De Force challenge.

They tackle a series of challenges to retrieve their flag from the mast of the Sky Tower and return it to ground level.

The challenges include a military skills course, a climb up 1229 stairs, a mock-emergency first aid scenario, a climb up the 91m mast of the Sky Tower and abseiling 180m down the Sky Tower lift shaft.

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