I mentioned briefly to Hayley on Saturday evening that I hadn't heard anything about my application to be a 'Poppy Person' and she urged me to chase the RBL about it. Well, I did, and Emailed HQ after tea yesterday - I was contacted by 'phone about 20 minutes ago! Very impressive!
Apparently, the local branch has a very intensive campaign the week before at our huge local ASDA which suits me as it simplifys planning and also means I will see a lot of people I know.
The countdown begins. In less than a month, the Legion’s army of loyal Poppy Collectors, armed with their bright blue boxes and red collecting tins, will deploy to Britain’s high streets, railway stations and shopping centres.
Every year, these ‘Poppy People’ do an amazing job – as the record-breaking fundraising totals of recent years prove.
But every one of them knows that the only way to keep up this good work is to ensure as many collectors as possible are out there on the streets. Earlier this autumn, the Legion – with the help of singing star and ‘forces sweetheart’ Hayley Westenra – launched its Poppy People campaign to encourage more people to volunteer to help boost the Legion’s Appeal this November.
So how can you attract more Poppy People in your area? Many branches around the country have found a simple solution to this: call on the younger generation. Several counties have employed the services of local cadets, who have been more than enthusiastic to help out, and their efforts have boosted Appeal totals by thousands of pounds.
But that’s just one pool of potential volunteers. Bearing in mind that the Legion’s membership figures already stretches to hundreds of thousands, and its supporter numbers go into millions, there are many more groups of people out there who would be willing to join the ‘Poppy People’ force. All you need to do is find them.
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...... I've "met" three of my local RBL people by telephone or Email today and if they are anything to go by, they're a very friendly and enthusiastic group of people.
I shall look forward to working with them.
Well, this afternoon I popped over to an RBL charity event in an adjacent village and met some of the RBL people including the Community Fundraiser for the area. Apparently the drive to attract younger 'poppy people' is working well which should please Hayley
Spoke to the Secretary of my local RBL branch this afternoon and have now got dates for two sessions selling poppies at our local ASDA. Each session lasts for two hours and I have offered to do more both here in Spondon and in the locality should the need arise.
Pity, though, that 90% of the people wearing a poppy had their poppy leaf at every position but 11 am! Suppose the main thing is they were wearing one and I didn't know about the leaf until someone explained it to me.
In case anybody doesn't know, the poppy leaf should be set to 11 o'clock to commemorate the signing of the armistice at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when hostilities on the Western Front ceased towards the end of the First World War. Hostilities continued for a while in other regions.