NSW RSL-imposed ban to impact Bathurst RSL Sub Branch fundraising

Each November, RSL sub branches across the state sell poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day.

LEST WE REGRET: There will be no poppies for sale this Remembrance Day, due to a statewide banned imposed by NSW RSL. Photo: RACHEL FERRETT

LEST WE REGRET: There will be no poppies for sale this Remembrance Day, due to a statewide banned imposed by NSW RSL. Photo: RACHEL FERRETT

However, on Saturday, all branches across the state will not be selling the iconic flower due to a fundraising ban. 

Since August this year, NSW RSL has had a ban in place for all RSL sub branches, in response to an inquiry into evidence that money was being misused by some leading members of NSW RSL. 

This mean the sale of poppies and other tokens to commemorate Remembrance Day cannot be sold. 

Bathurst RSL Sub Branch will feel the sting of the ban, as president David Mills said it will impact fundraising. 

“What we can say is that the charitable status of RSLs in NSW have been suspended and we can't sell poppies or badges,” he said.

“Obviously, this will have an impact on our fundraising as we are not receiving money.

“The state branch has provided us, free of charge, with poppies. We can neither charge or accept donations for them.”

Mr Mills said Remembrance Day is a significant fundraising time for the sub branch but is hopeful that the issue will be resolved by Anzac Day next year. 

Oberon RSL Sub Branch is set to give away 120 poppies for its Remembrance Day service.

“We are just really sorry that there will be no poppy sales this year. It’s not our fault. It’s come from RSL head office,” Oberon president Bill Wilcox said.

Mr Wilcox said the Oberon branch made $3000 from Remembrance Day last year. 

As per usual, Bathurst RSL Sub Branch will host a Remembrance Day service at the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon at 10.30am.

All people are invited to attend.

“If people can't make it, we encourage them to just privately reflect and remember the sacrifice and service from all wars and conflicts,” Mr Mills said.

Remembrance Day is observed every year on November 11, on the the day hostilities ended during World War One in 1918.