Amberley-based C-17 pilot Sqn Ldr Samantha Freebairn leads this year's Poppy Appeal.
Amberley-based C-17 pilot Sqn Ldr Samantha Freebairn leads this year's Poppy Appeal. Contributed

Pilot pays tribute to servicewomen for Poppy Appeal

ONE of only two female Australian C17 Globemaster pilots is leading this year's RSL Queensland Poppy Appeal to honour the sacrifice and bravery of women who have served over the past century.

Amberley-based RAAF Squadron Leader and C17 Globemaster pilot Samantha Freebairn urged Queenslanders to recognise the contribution of female veterans, past and present.

"The RSL sent me care parcels when I was serving in the Middle East and that meant so much when I was far from home," Sqn Ldr Freebairn said.

"They were also a link to me for my family back here. I just want everyone to know that giving to RSL's Poppy Appeal
makes a real difference."

RSL Queensland State President Stewart Cameron CSC said women had served in the Australian Defence Force since the Boer War but the extent of their contribution was often not well understood and under recognised.

"We know more than 68,000 women served in the two world wars and that thousands more have served in Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the many peacekeeping missions in the Middle East, Africa, Cambodia, East Timor and the Solomons," Mr Cameron said.

"Currently, there are nearly 9000 women in the ADF."

RSL Queensland is urging people to dig deep this Poppy Appeal and make a donation at poppyappeal.com.au



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