ANZAC Day Givealittle page aims to raise money for veterans after Poppy Day postponed

The RSA is going digital this year.
The RSA is going digital this year. Photo credit: Getty

Fundraising for the country's war veterans will march on, despite COVID-19 forcing the postponement of Poppy Day. 

Restrictions put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19 caused the day's postponement and also led to ANZAC Day services being cancelled around the country. 

In a bid to make up for Poppy Day,  philanthropic charity organisation the Perpetual Guardian Foundation   has set up a Givealittle page to keep the RSA's  mission going. 

National RSA president BJ Clark says donating is one way people can give back to those who went to war.

"We have relied on the generosity of New Zealanders through our Poppy campaign to assist us to look after our veterans in their time of need," Clark told Newshub. "They served when we needed them and now it is our time to help them."

The page has so far raised around $27,000, helped in no small part by a $25,000 donation from the Perpetual Guardian Foundation.

In lieu of traditional commemorations, there will also be several digital commemorations throughout Auckland to mark the event.

The city's Harbour Bridge will shine poppy red from April 21 to 25, while the Auckland War Memorial Museum will shine in a uniform display of red light from April 24 to 26.

Mayor Phil Goff said that while ANZAC Day will be different this year, the bravery and service of the country's armed services will not be forgotten.

New Zealanders and Australians are also being urged to commemorate ANZAC Day by standing at the end of their driveways for a minute of silence.

A Facebook profile picture filter has also been set up by the RSA to raise funds and awareness.