Prince Harry kicks off S'pore visit, views rapid HIV test

Prince Harry speaking with Action For Aids staff and volunteers at Eden Hall.
Prince Harry speaking with Action For Aids staff and volunteers at Eden Hall.ST PHOTO: CHARMAINE NG
Prince Harry watching a display of silat at Jamiyah Singapore.
Prince Harry watching a display of silat at Jamiyah Singapore.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Prince Harry at an Action for Aids reception at Eden Hall.
Prince Harry at an Action for Aids reception at Eden Hall.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Prince Harry speaks to staff and volunteers at an Action for Aids reception at Eden Hall.
Prince Harry speaks to staff and volunteers at an Action for Aids reception at Eden Hall.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Prince Harry at an Action for Aids reception at Eden Hall.
Prince Harry at an Action for Aids reception at Eden Hall.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Prince Harry arriving at an Action for Aids reception at Eden Hall.
Prince Harry arriving at an Action for Aids reception at Eden Hall.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Britain's Prince Harry kicked off his Singapore visit on Sunday (June 4), with a viewing of a rapid HIV test.

The 32-year-old royal was at Eden Hall in Nassim Road, where he learnt more about the test as a volunteer got tested for HIV at non-governmental organisation Action For Aids' mobile testing van.

He was accompanied by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and chair of the National HIV/Aids Policy Committee; British High Commissioner to Singapore Scott Wightman; and Professor Roy Chan, president of Action For Aids.

Later, at a reception, the prince interacted with staff and volunteers for Action For Aids, to understand more about the challenges facing the HIV-positive community in Singapore.

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He then left to take part in an iftar, the breaking of fast during Ramadan, with 80 young Singaporeans at Jamiyah Children’s Home in Guillemard Crescent. 
 
Upon arrival, he received a traditional welcome by 10 hand drummers. He was also shown a demonstration of silat movements, lead by the home's silat coach and former world champion Sheik Alauddin Yacoob Marican. 
 

Prince Harry is in town to play in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup on Monday (June 5) at the Singapore Polo Club, to raise funds for young people living with and affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

Sentebale is a charity that Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho established in 2006, to provide psychosocial support for children living with HIV in Southern Africa.

The prince will be travelling to Sydney next, for the official launch of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. The games, which was founded by the prince, is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.