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As Victoria continues to move toward COVID-normal, Victorians look ahead to the festive season.

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As Victoria continues to move toward COVID-normal, and Victorians look ahead to the festive season, the Governor and Mr Howard this week were very pleased to have been able to participate in one of the most beloved Christmas traditions in Melbourne – visiting the Myer Christmas Windows.  Since 1956, the Myer Christmas Windows have delighted generations of Victorians, some of whom travel from the furthest corners of the State to visit.  Read more about the Governor and Mr Howard’s visit to the windows here.

The Governor and Mr Howard this week were also very pleased to be able to volunteer, as Patrons, in the Reading Out of Poverty Book Giving Project. The Book Giving Project aims to give 4300 new books to children in need for Christmas, helping to engage children in the joy of reading and books. To learn more about Reading out of Poverty, visit their website [link].

The Governor continued her hybrid program of in-person and virtual activities this week, with the opportunity to meet with nurses and midwives from The Royal Women’s Hospital, to hear about the ways in which their vital job was made more challenging during 2020, and the innovations they put in place to adapt. The Governor was also welcomed to Government House Mr Stephen Lysaght, the new British Consul-General in Victoria, in addition to the continuing program of investitures for recipients of awards in the Order of Australia, named in both the Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday honours lists during 2020. 

Earlier this week, the Governor also released a video message for Deaf Children Australia, a non-profit organisation which supports deaf and hard of hearing children, young people, and their families, as part of their Cottage to Castle online event to mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of their founder, FJ Rose. To learn more about Deaf Children Australia, visit their website.