Wouldn’t it be cool to fly a poppy round New Zealand raising money for the RSA?
A few years ago, it was just a passing thought. The sort of thing that someone else organizes. Except that no one else did. So, determined to make it happen, we are pulling together a team of volunteers for this ambitious project and we need your help.
The Poppy Flight is a major fundraiser bringing together remembrance and hope for the future. It will encourage our children to remember those who fought for our freedom, many of whom who paid the ultimate price, and encourage them to think about returned servicemen who need our help and support now. It will also encourage them to think about and support children and their families who are dealing with illness and challenges we can only imagine. Our collective fundraising will help The RSA and The Starship Foundation continue to provide the care needed in many areas. The Poppy Flight will also help keep our aviation history alive through the NZ Warbirds Association, without whom the flight would not be possible.
Originally planned for ANZAC Day 2020 but cancelled the week before departure due to lockdown, the project was moved forward to ANZAC Day 2021
How will it work?
Each day, departing in March 2021, the pilot volunteers will carry a knitted poppy and star on their flight sector, with the town of arrival hosting a welcome party where the local communities and schools can get involved with fundraising at a fun and educational event. There will be the opportunity to add poppies and stars to the original small pieces of artwork so that they grow on the way round, showing nationwide support for the charities.
During the flight the poppy and star will spend the weekend at Classic Fighters airshow in Blenheim 2nd to 4th April, before returning to NZ Warbirds, Ardmore.
The finished Poppy and Star will be presented along with the donations on ANZAC Day 2021.
The Poppy Flight is being organised by Melanie and Kevin Salisbury of Aviation Tours NZ, who are happy to give their time freely to the project, with all funds raised going directly to the RSA, the Starship Foundation and NZ Warbirds. There will be huge support needed from many people along the journey giving both time and money to help make the project a success, thank you in advance to all who contribute financially, or with time.
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Thank you all for your support.
Kev and Mel Salisbury, Aviation Tours NZ