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The Governor’s program this week has had a particular focus on the many important organisations which provide vital support to Victorians.

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The Governor’s program this week has had a particular focus on the many important organisations which provide vital support to Victorians at all times, but particularly during the COVID-19 restrictions.  Among other virtual meetings and calls this week, the Governor, as Patron, virtually attended the 133rd AGM of The Queen’s Fund, one of Victoria’s oldest charities. The Queen’s Fund was founded in 1887 by Lady Loch, the wife of the Victorian Governor, to commemorate 50 years of Queen Victoria’s reign and in response to the worst mining disaster Australia had experienced, an explosion at the Bulli coal mine that killed 81 miners and injured many more. The Queen’s Fund works to provide vital support to single women and their children who are in distress and require emergency assistance and also supports women and children to access education.  To learn more about the ways in which The Queen’s Fund supports vulnerable women and children in Victoria, visit their website.

The Governor also met virtually with the Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, an organisation devoted to social justice, assisting Victorians who are experiencing disadvantage.  The Governor was glad to hear about the ways in which the programs coordinated by the Brotherhood of St Laurence work to make a difference to the lives of so many vulnerable members of our community, not least during a time where there are many more Victorians in need of assistance.  To learn more about the Brotherhood of St Laurence, visit their website.

Meals on Wheels is an organisation which provides more than just meals to vulnerable members of the community – the Meals on Wheels volunteers also provide a vital point of communication and social interaction for many who may otherwise have little contact with others, particularly when ill. While delivering healthy, plentiful and regular meals is at the heart of what the organisation provides, the importance of that social contact is also crucial. The Governor was very interested to hear about the many ways in which the organisation, which is run and operated entirely by volunteers in Victoria, has supported and continues to support older Victorians. Learn more about Meals on Wheels here.

During the week, the Governor and Mr Howard continued with the Governor in Schools Program, attending a virtual meeting with Year 11 students from Elwood College.  Later in the week, the Governor hosted a virtual roundtable for fifteen International Student ambassadors, to hear about their time studying in Victoria and the many connections they have made while living and learning in our State.

The Governor also had the opportunity this week of a virtual meeting with Heesco, the renowned Victorian street artist, who was recently invited to paint a mural on the hoarding outside Government House Victoria, as a gesture of thanks to those who have worked so hard in 2020 assisting Victorians not only through COVID-19, but through the devastating bushfires at the beginning of the year. To read more about the mural, visit this page.