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Relief for Fire Victims

It is a great credit to the trustees of the WA Aged Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Relief Fund Trust that they responded so promptly to the needs of the veterans caught in the devistating Yarloop bushfires.

While no money can compensate for the death of two veterans and the loss of homes and property by a number of other veterans, the so-called “Poppy Fund” acted swiftly to meet the urgent needs of veterans after the bushfires.

It’s Chairman, Brian Cooper, Administrator (and RSLWA Wellfare Officer) Ros Howat and Media Manager John Arthur visited Yarloop and Waroona on January 12 and within two days the Trust had held an extraordinary meeting and approved the first of the five payments totalling more that $25,000. More money is available.

Brian and fellow Trustee Duncan Warren held further out-of-session discussions to rapidly approve other assistance.

The money went for general purpose expenses as well as specific items such as security, refrigeration and power generators to help maintain reasonable necessities of life.

The WA Aged Sailors, Soldiers and Airmens Relief Fund Trust was established in 1932 and operates independently from the RSL. Half of the annual Poppy Day collections goes to the Trust and provides financial grants to help our currently serving and ex-serving Veterans, widows and dependents in times of hardship.

It is important that we spread the word about the Trust Fund and encourage people to apply for assistance.

As State President, I am very grateful to the Presidents and members of Waroona-Hamel, Harvey and Pinjarra Sub-Branches for their support and cooperation in the aftermath of the fires. Tracey Ficking (Waroona-Hamel) was busy with traffic management duties during the fires and worked additional long hours to help fire victims.

Donations may be made to:
The WA Aged Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Relief Fund Trust
BSB: 016 104
Account: 182594507

Please use your Sub-Branch name and the word donation as the reference. If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact Rosalind Howat at 9287 3707 or 0417 905 742.

Graham Edwards AM

Nollamara RSL Sub-Branch

Address: 68 Sylvia St, Nollamara WA 6061

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