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Melbourne great-grandmother still supporting the Red Poppy Appeal 60 years on

A Melbourne great-grandmother has been volunteering her efforts for the Red Poppy Appeal for a staggering 60 years.

And at 97 years old, Dot Wade has no plans to stop raising money to support returned servicemen and women.

“I’ll keep on going while I’m going,” she said.

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The cause has an extra special place in her, with her late husband Jack having served as a commando in New Guinea after being called up when he was 18.

The couple enjoyed a marriage of 70 years and used to sell poppies together all over Dandenong in the lead-up to each Remembrance Day.

“He used to go to the station sell his poppies,” she said.


“It meant so much when he returned to be able to do so much for others.”

Dot will attend the Dandenong RSL for Remembrance Day tomorrow.

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