John James Foundation gives generously to the AIDS Garden of Reflection

The John James Foundation’s Board has announced today the Foundation will support the AIDS Garden of Reflection with a generous donation of $10,000.

The John James Foundation is Canberra’s leading medical charity, located in Deakin in the Australian Capital Territory.  As a not-for-profit organisation, the Foundation supports volunteer medical programs and a range of medical education activities.  It also provides funds for local, grassroots charities and organisations that align with the Foundation’s objectives.


The Foundation’s programs and activities are wide ranging.  They include the provision of specialist medical services, without charge, to Indigenous Australians in remote regions and similar activities in the Solomon Islands, support for student doctors and medical research, donations to Canberra based charities with a health focus, a major project to provide purpose-built patient accommodation and new office facilities for the Leukaemia Foundation in Canberra at the John James Village in Garran and funding for specialist medical equipment and capital works as part of the Hospital Partnership.

 “Canberra’s beautiful National Arboretum is a fitting place for the location of the AIDS Garden of Reflection,” said Mr Phil Greenwood, CEO of the John James Foundation, when handing over the donation.  “The Foundation is proud and excited to be part of this great initiative and is pleased to kick-start the funding appeal that will support its construction”.

Designed as a peaceful place of contemplation, the garden will join other significant spaces throughout Australia which provide an opportunity for families, friends and supporters to heal, develop hope and remember the human tragedy of the global AIDS pandemic and its ongoing effects. 

Philippa Moss, Executive Director of the AIDS Action Council said “The vision for the Garden is to create a secluded area for reflection which provides a sense of comfort and sanctuary, featuring the views and character of the surrounding landscape.  The Garden will provide a special haven where visitors can remember and honour those lost to AIDS, reflect on their own lives and contribute to their understanding of HIV and AIDS.”

Designed by Melbourne’s John Patrick Pty Ltd Landscape Architects, the AIDS Garden of Reflection will include seats, a water feature and a unique sense of place. It will also feature as cohesive element of the National Arboretum precinct. 

The Council is running a funding campaign to reach its $125,000 target to complete the Garden.  This support has come from community members, people living with HIV, their family and supporters raising funds from the humble Aussie fundraiser – the sausage sizzle.  The John James Foundation has also generously provided a kick off donation of $10,000. 

“We look forward to the support of community members in Canberra and those throughout Australia to help us build this significant place of reflection,” said Ms Moss. “As a result, we will be making some special event announcements in the near future to keep the campaign moving”. 

Donations can be made here. All donations are fully tax deductable and receipts are provided.  

For more information contact Philippa Moss, AIDS Action Council Executive Director.  

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