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RSL NSW donates 3.1 million to RSL LifeCare Veteran Services

RSL NSW has announced a $3.1 million donation to assist its partner charity RSL LifeCare Veteran Services in delivering its life-changing services and support to veterans and their families.

At a glance:

  • RSL NSW has presented RSL LifeCare Veteran Services with a $3.1 million donation
  • 88 RSL NSW sub-Branches contributed to this donation
  • This $3.1 million donation will support the delivery of veteran health, DVA claim support and advocacy, housing, employment, financial, wellbeing, and disaster support.

88 RSL NSW sub-Branches donate $3.1 million to RSL LifeCare Veteran Services

RSL NSW President Ray James and representatives from sub-Branches across the State presented RSL LifeCare Veteran Services with a $3.1 million donation on behalf of RSL NSW, contributing sub-Branches, and Auxiliaries to support vital work to support veterans and their families.

Last year, thanks to the support of RSL NSW sub-Branches and other donors, RSL LifeCare Veteran Services was able to:

  • Provide $825,872 in financial assistance, including $485,000 in disaster assistance
  • Assist 177 veterans experiencing homelessness
  • Help 944 veterans to lodge 3106 DVA claims
  • Make 231 virtual or socially distanced visits to veterans and family members at homes, hospitals or nursing homes
  • Lodge 188 new Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) appeals and represent 39 veterans at full VRB Board Hearings 
  • Complete 279 Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mediation discussions 
  • RSL Veterans’ Employment Program – Assisted 57 veterans and their partners with employment assistance
  • Guided 60 veterans through horse handling and riding courses facilitated by the SPUR Equine Program

This latest $3.1 million donation will assist RSL LifeCare Veteran Services to continue this vital support through the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide period, the continued impact on veterans of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and natural disasters.

“We are pleased to be in a position to support RSL LifeCare Veteran Services with the assistance of our generous RSL NSW sub-Branches.” 

88 regional and metropolitan RSL sub-Branches and related organisations contributed to this donation, including RSL NSW Auxiliary contributions, and proceeds from the annual ANZAC and Poppy Appeals.

A generous boost to the total came from three RSL sub-Branches that were able to donate in excess of $100,000 each – Maroubra RSL sub-Branch, Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL sub-Branch, Doyalson-Wyee RSL sub-Branch, City of Bankstown RSL sub-Branch, and Five Dock sub-Branch.

RSL NSW continues to benefit from the ongoing support of Poppy Appeal token sales by Woolworths in stores across Australia. Woolworths contributed $122,244 thanks to the generosity of its NSW-based customers.

“I commend all RSL NSW members that made the decision to support this important cause with the resources available to their sub-Branches, no matter the scale of their support” Mr James said.  

“They are truly embracing our ethos of ‘One RSL’ in supporting veterans and their families beyond the borders of their local communities.”

“They are truly embracing our ethos of ‘One RSL’ in supporting veterans and their families beyond the borders of their local communities.” – Ray James, RSL NSW President

Find out more about how RSL NSW is creating opportunities for sub-Branches to work together supporting veterans and their families across the state.

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