AFTER two years, the Wagga RSL Sub-Branch volunteers will once again sell badges in the led up to Anzac Day.
The city's sub-branch, along with thousands of other groups throughout the state, were forced to stop its fundraising efforts on commemorative days such as Anzac and Remembrance Day following a financial scandal at a state level.
Wagga RSL Sub-Branch treasurer David Williams said the adverse publicity surrounding the state and national RSL branches masked the great work of local sub-branches.
"It had a tremendous impact for us and all sub-branches in the state," he said.
"We, as a relatively wealthy sub-branch weathered the storm quite easily than smaller sub-branches that exist on a dozen members.
"It is important that it is understood that the adverse publicity the league has received in the last few years concerns the offices of state and national branches, not the sub-branches in our communities."
Mr Williams said the absence of the bi-annual selling stations was noticed by the community, but they have "wholeheartedly" supported its return.
"The first time we resold badges was Remembrance Day last November and the community was so pleased to see us back," he said.
"We are very lucky as a charity that we get the wholehearted support of the community."
Mr Williams has hopes of raising $30,000 this year. He said half of the money will be given to the state branch and the remainder will be for the Wagga sub-branch.
"The money goes purely and simply to the welfare of our members, ex-servicemen and families who are in need," he said.
"Whether the provision of welfare services and support, the organisation of commemorative events and memorials, the provision of sponsorship and financial support or ensuring wellbeing through social activities, the work of the sub-branch is extensive and the impact apparent."
"While state and national offices of the RSL certainly have questions to answer regarding their practices over the years, it is vital that this does not take away from the great work of many individuals in our communities.
"They make the league the powerful and invaluable organisation that it is today."
Wagga RSL Sub-Branch will sell badges at the Wagga Marketplace, South City and Bunnings between 9am and 5pm until April 24.
Mr Williams said volunteers have also set up boxes for the Kapooka and Forest Hill communities.
He said two members will be visiting the Wagga pubs and clubs in the evening this week to sell badges.
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