DAME JUDI DENCH BECOMES
CHILDREN OF PEACE PATRON
(picture: Carolyn Djangoly)
The distinguished and much admired British actress, Dame Judi Dench has become a
Patron of Children of Peace. She joins our other Patrons - Madonna and our Royal
Patron, HH The Begum Aga Khan.
Giving her reasons for acting as a Patron to the charity, Dame Judi says:
"Children of Peace is engaged in a noble cause - to protect all children in Israel
and Palestine, regardless of culture, faith, gender or heritage. It is a cause for
peace and reconciliation that I support with all my heart. I applaud them in their
work and I am honoured to become a Patron."
Dame Judi is rightly regarded as one of the most significant British theatre performers,
working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In television,
she achieved success in the series A Fine Romance from 1981 until 1984 and in 1992
began a continuing role in the television romantic comedy series As Time Goes By.
Her film appearances include M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she has played in each
James Bond film since. She received several notable film awards for her role as Queen
Victoria in Mrs. Brown (1997), and has since been acclaimed for her work in such
films as Shakespeare in Love (1998), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson
Presents (2005) and Notes on a Scandal (2006), and the television production The
Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2001).
Regarded by critics as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, and
frequently named as the leading British actress in polls, Dame Judi has received
many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her awards
include ten BAFTAs, seven Laurence Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards,
two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award.
Chairman & Founder Richard Martin says:
" We are all delighted that Dame Judi has become a Patron of Children of Peace. She
is a generous and kind supporter of our work and we look forward to receiving her
support in years to come."
THE ROAD TO PEACE - ARTIST SAJIDA ASIF SUPPORTS CHILDREN OF PEACE
Between 7th - 28th August 2010, Birmingham based artist Sajida Asif will be exhibiting
her remarkable paintings at the Gallery Space/Community Room at the Ward End Library,
Washwood Heath Road, Birmingham B8 2HF.
Sajida's work attempts to explore issues of war and peace in the contemporary world
through her perspective as an artist and as a British Muslim. Sajida is donating
the proceeds of all sales to four charities of her choice: War Child, the British
Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association, Amnesty International and Children of Peace.
"When I first learned about the work of Children of Peace, I was very much inspired
by their ideology. Their aims are to support Israeli and Palestinian children and
their communities, to build a more positive and trusting future and community for
the children. The significance of this work, this aim, must not be underestimated.
As my own art practice promotes peace between all nations and people, this charity
has become very important to me. Therefore, I will continue to support their good
work even after this fundraising exhibition, recognising the importance of children
being able to live in a peaceful and loving society."
The charity is honoured to receive Sajida's support and representatives of the charity,
including the Chairman will attend the Private View on 6th August. Supporters of
Children of Peace are welcome to visit the exhibition which runs from 7th August.
Gallery opening times: Mon Noon - 7pm, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat 9am - 5pm, Wed
& Sun - closed.
Chairman Richard Martin says:
" Sajida's work is both beautiful and compelling. It is a powerful message of hope,
of peace and of understanding. I am proud that she is one of our supporters."
10K LONDON RUN TAKES THE ROAD TO PEACE TOO
Left to right. Standing back: Graeme Renfrew, Emma Cohen, Antonia Leslie, Jeremy
Austin, Clare Bolt, Olivia Taylor, Dominic Martin, Alex Johnson, Tori Monkman.
Catherine Usher, Nicky Cohen
On Sunday 11th July 2010, ten members of the Children of Peace running team ran 10K
through the centre of London in searing heat to raise funds for Children of Peace.
This is the third year runners have entered the 10K London Run in support of the
charity and despite very high temperatures, many of the entrants beat their previous
year's running time. 25,000 runners entered this year's race which takes in famous
London sights including Pall Mall, Tower Bridge, Piccadilly, Westminster Abbey, the
London Eye and Big Ben.
The ten runners - Dominic Martin, Emma Cohen, Jeremy Austin, Tori Monkman, Clare
Bolt, Catherine Usher, Olivia Taylor, Antonia Leslie, Graeme Renfrew and Nicky Cohen
- have raised over £3000 to date (including Gift Aid) - surpassing even 2009's excellent
The team were greeted by Chairman Richard Martin, his wife Janine, Events Committee
Deputy Chair Alex Johnson, Events Committee Member Noa Ward and supporter Hilary
STAND UP FOR PEACE 2 REPEATS 2009 SUCCESS
(photos: Nathan Forrest)
Stand Up for Peace - the Children of Peace annual comedy fest - took place at the
Cockpit Theatre in London on Thursday 15th July 2010. With an audience of well over
100 supporters, an evening of hilarity and fun showcased some of the most edgy, exciting
and talented stand up comedians around.
Months of hard work, planning and scheduling by the Events Committee, were amply
rewarded by over two hours of sheer entertainment from ten acts, including headline
acts Simon Munnery and Paul Foot, together with leading performers The Apidistras,
The Unexpected Items, Clare Ward & Jen Brister, Diane Morgan, Eirlys Bellin and Rachel
Richard Morris - currently warm up for Ricky Gervais - provided the links. An outstanding
compère, his much admired humour and style is always popular with our audiences.
Richard Martin, Chairman & Founder, spoke briefly about Children of Peace following
the intermission and numerous guests signed up for more information about the charity.
Many leading supporters attended the event, including leading singer Sophie Ellis
Bextor, a Friend of Children of Peace.
Clare Ward & Jen Brister
Stand Up for Peace is now an annual event and very much part of the London Summer
scene. The Times announced that Stand Up for Peace was one of the 5 best things to
do in London that week. The event acts as an important awareness raiser - particularly
amongst young people - bringing the Children of Peace message to a whole new group
PEACE PRESCHOOL CHILDREN OF PEACE GRANTS
Following our 2009-10 Schools Aid Appeal, the Trustees of Children of Peace have
awarded the Jerusalem YMCA Peace Preschool a grant to assist them in their work in
educating 120 Christian, Jewish & Muslim children together in a safe, secure and
caring environment. This unique pre-school encourages coexistence between Arabs and
Jews on a daily and ongoing basis, as a normal part of life for the children and
parents. It also aims to enable the development of tolerance and understanding, while
preserving the distinct characteristics of each child and his/ her religious and
Adena Levine, Director of the Pre-School tells us:
"During these difficult days of uncertainty, division and violence, the Peace Preschool
at the Jerusalem International YMCA continues to bring together 120 children and
their families - Christians, Jews and Muslims, religious and secular, in an atmosphere
of peaceful coexistence.
The goal of the JIY's Preschool is to provide our children with an environment in
which they feel welcome and safe. The multi- disciplinary staff is made up of professionals
from all three faiths, who are unified in their commitment to strengthening and empowering
The respect they share for the customs and traditions of each other is mirrored in
a curriculum that is rich with activities designed to teach, at an early age, the
value and intrinsic worth of each child.
Parents, siblings and grandparents are all integral to the success of the Peace Preschool
and share in the celebration of festivals and holidays. With so many religions represented,
it is rare to have a week go by without a special activity and the sounds of laughter.
Our hope is that the healthy relationships that are being developed now will grow
into strong bonds of mutual respect in the future."
The grant will help in the purchase of resources, including games and play-learning
equipment, much needed by this wonderful school.
BOTH WRITERS BECOME FRIENDS OF
CHILDREN OF PEACE
One of the year’s outstanding books – Crossing Qalandiya – is the story of a remarkable
friendship between two women across the divide – Israeli Daniela Norris and Palestinian
It is the story of how they met by chance and how – despite the conflict – they begin
to write letters, exchanging ideas, thoughts, recipes, anecdotes – bringing to each
and every one of us – the human consequences of the conflict through a series of
profound and personal viewpoints and experiences.
This moving and illuminating book has been captivating all of us and we see it as
a beacon of hope in the wilderness of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. Both writers
are donating 5% of sales to Children of Peace, a charity they both strongly support.
In acknowledgement of their work for peace, reconciliation and understanding Shireen
Anabtawi and Daniela Norris have both become Friends of Children of peace, joining
other distinguished supporters.
We highly recommend this book to all of our worldwide supporters.
You can purchase this excellent book at Amazon or through Reportage Press at www.reportagepress.com
(ISBN:978-1-906702-21-2) at £8.99 UK.