Retired farmer funds nursing scholarship in memory of son

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 6-7-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



John Honner, a retired farmer from Narrogin, has made a significant contribution to The University of Notre Dame Australia.

Mr Honner is funding a three year undergraduate nursing degree for a secondary student living in the central south west region of Western Australia in memory of his son Justin who died in 1996.

Justin contracted the rare form of cancer, Synovial Sarcoma, in late 1994. He died just two years later at the age of 19.

Mr Honnor said he chose to give a scholarship to a nursing student at Notre Dame in order to honour the incredible nursing staff at the Narrogin District Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the Silver Chain, who all cared for Justin during his illness.

“They went beyond their job descriptions to provide Justin with such tremendous care and support,” Mr Honnor explained.

“Justin was so courageous in fighting his cancer. He inspired everyone who came into contact with him with his bravery in the face of adversity and his cheeky sense of humour, despite every obstacle.

“In providing this scholarship, it is my hope that it will inspire courage and dedication in others, and to reimburse someone who one day in the future will nurse other ‘Justins’.

The University of Notre Dame Australia is Australia’s only private Catholic University. Its School of Nursing is highly regarded throughout Western Australia.

Applications for the Justin John Honner Scholarship in Nursing are now open. For more information please contact Ms Diane Lim on 9433 0614 or dlim1@nd.edu.au.