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Tap and go for RSL?

PEOPLE selling Anzac Day, Legacy and Poppy Day badges, pens, etc are being told by more and more potential buyers they don’t carry any cash. Moruya Sub Branch members were told that at the meeting after Anzac Day and at the monthly meeting on Tuesday were told sales of Legacy items had suffered because of the same.

So the sub Branch, and Legacy, are considering acquiring tap-and-go credit card equipment for future appeals.

The chair for local Legacy Gary Donoghue told the meeting this month’s Legacy appeal had raised about $15,000 in the area Moruya-Bermagui. Sales had been not as good as last year in Moruya. He said that there had been a trial of the tap-and-go system in Nowra and there would be a report on that at a meeting to be held in Bega soon.

Commenting on a report that some people had refused to buy a badge because they believed the money raised didn’t actually all go to widows and their families but was swallowed up by administrative costs and so on, Mr Donoghue said that was not the case. A very small percentage did go to administrative costs but that went to part time employees, all local people. The rest was allocated in the area in which it was raised.

Legacy was created following World War One as a means of helping the thousands of war widows in Australia, and their children. That need increased again after World War Two and later conflicts. Sydney Legacy President Greg Wrate says: “The range of support Legacy provides allows families to thrive despite their loss.”

This area’s Legacy provides some of that support for 39 families in Narooma-Moruya area.

RSL Sub Branch President Kevin Setter told members there would be a choice of two new badges for the Poppy Appeal in November and two types of pens. “Pens are becoming an increasingly popular choice,” he said.

The next meeting will be on October 15.

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