RSA volunteers are exchanging distinctive red poppies for donations to the RSA Poppy Day appeal today.

The annual appeal supports veterans as well as ex-service people and their families in need.

Yvonne Ryan and Kasey Comber from Tauranga Girl's College were out collecting on the streets today with Russell Williams.

The poppy reminds the New Zealand public of sacrifices made - both past and present.

Poppies were the first flowers that grew in the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium during World War One and are a symbol of remembrance and hope.

Poppy Day has been a part of the New Zealand calendar since 1922, making it one of the oldest nationwide appeals.

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Poppy Day is usually held each year on the Friday before Anzac Day.

Yvonne Ryan, Russell Williams and Kasey Comber collect for the Poppy appeal. Photo/Ruth Keber
Yvonne Ryan, Russell Williams and Kasey Comber collect for the Poppy appeal. Photo/Ruth Keber

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