Support sought for Poppy Day

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Now is the time to help.

Poppy Day is tomorrow, April 21.

Collectors will be out in Ashburton and around the district and Ashburton Returned and Services Association president, Maurice Baker, is seeking your support.

The money goes to the RSA welfare fund to help returned and service personnel.

Mr Baker said the money supported those in need locally.

Ashburton will have three Anzac services on April 25.

The dawn service is at the Ashburton War Memorial at 6.30am. It will be conducted by Major Ken Smith of the Salvation Army. Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew is the speaker. At 9am there is a cemetery service, with members to assemble at the north end of the service personnel plot at 8.45am. There is a civic service and wreath-laying at the cenotaph, Baring Square West, at 11am. It will be conducted by the Rev David Brown. Guest speakers are the Ashburton College head boy and girl and mayor Donna Favel.

There will be a service at Hinds Hall at 10am. Ex service personnel and scouts and guides assemble at the scout den at 9.45am.

A service will held at the Mayfield War Memorial Hall at 10am. The parade to assemble at the Mayfield tavern car park at 9.30am. The minister is the Rev Annette Eggelston.

The Methven service is at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall at 10am. Assemble at the McDonald Street arch at 9.15am and march at 9.30am. The speaker is Major Mateparae.

The Rakaia service is at the Rakaia Community Centre at 10.15am. All ex service/relatives are invited to take part in the march. Assemble at 10am.

The Geraldine Returned and Services Association will hold a service at the War Memorial in Talbot Street at 9am.

If it is wet, the service will be in the Geraldine Theatre. Parade to assemble beside the old post office at 8.45am.

Remembrance services will be held at Woodbury at 10.15am, Peel Forest at 11.30am and at Rangitata airfield at 2.15pm.