Global Gardens of Peace are delighted to announce a relationship with the CFMEU. The union has a history of supporting aid programs overseas including in Palestine and we are extremely happy with the support that they have thrown behind our initiative not only with financial support but with offers of assistance once the project in Gaza gets off the ground.
The Beit Jala Palestinian Association exists to support the community of Beit Jala residents living in Melbourne. It was formed in 1988 and provides the opportunity to celebrate many occasions, particularly Christmas, so far from their homeland. The Association holds as its goal to support its community here in Australia but also to build bridges with Palestine to keep the links strong. The Association is a great supporter of Global Gardens of Peace and in particular our Gaza project. Philip Sacca, one of our founding committee members and Project Coordinator for the Gaza project planned for Khan Younis is a founding executive committee member of the Beit Jala Palestinian Association and has been instrumental in forging relationships with the Municipality of Khan Younis.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne has been a supporter from inception once Andrew Laidlaw, their resident Landscape Architect became involved with Global Gardens of Peace. Peter Symes also from RBG Melbourne has also become a committee member providing valuable technical expertise to project development. We are indebted to the RBG for allowing Andrew and Peter to be involved and for providing the blueprint of the Ian Potter Foundations Childrens Garden as our example for what we would like to bring to the children of the world.