Governor with students from Freshwater Bay Primary School
The Governor places a poppy on his Grandfather’s grave with students from Freshwater Bay Primary School

Honouring fallen Diggers at Karrakatta and World AIDS Day breakfast

A group of year 6 students from Freshwater Bay Primary School joined the Governor today to lay a wooden cross on the unmarked grave of the Governor’s grandfather, Regimental Signaller Thomas Clement Hayward Judge, a decorated war veteran.

This special event was part of a project coordinated by the Claremont and Nedlands RSL Sub-Branches in conjunction with Freshwater Bay Primary School.

The primary school students researched and placed decorated wooden crosses on the unmarked graves of 34 soldiers throughout Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth as part of their Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) project.

Mr Judge, who served in World War I, was one of many Diggers acknowledged by the Australian government as dying from the effects of war and honoured with a war grave. However, the headstones have since been removed as part of the Metropolitan Cemetery Board Renewal Program.

World AIDS Day Breakfast

World AIDS Day is held every year on December 1, with the Governor attending a special community breakfast in Yagan Square this morning organised by WAAC.

This year marks 40 years since the first case of HIV was reported, with today’s event an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses since.

It was also a chance to support those living with HIV and raise awareness and education around research, prevention, treatment and care.

Among the guests was WA Health Minister, the Hon Roger Cook MLA who signed the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities committing WA to the ‘fast track’ to ending HIV, and US Consul-General David J. Gainer whose Consulate sponsored the community gathering.

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