Project Compassion appeal breaks records
|St Pauls Catholic College at Greystanes raised more than $8000 for Project Compassion. As part of their social justice initiatives, the Student Representative Council and the college community also donated non-perishable food items, blankets and warm clothing to the St Vincent de Paul Conference in the parish.|
Catholic Outlook, August 2015
Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, has thanked thousands of generous supporters, including Catholic schools and parishes.
The Diocese of Parramatta raised $597,500, almost $100,000 more than last year.
Caritas Australia raised a record-breaking $11.57 million nationally during Project Compassion 2015, joining in solidarity with the world’s poor.
Caritas Australia’s major fundraiser is held annually for six weeks during Lent. Money raised will help thousands of vulnerable communities in more than 30 countries globally in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific and Australia.
Together the Archdiocese of Sydney and the dioceses of Parramatta, Broken Bay, Bathurst, Armidale, Lismore, Maitland-Newcastle, Wilcannia-Forbes, Wollongong and Wagga Wagga raised nearly $4.14 million.
This year’s theme for Project Compassion was Food for Life and focused on Caritas Australia’s support for the world’s poorest people to establish sustainable food sources for life.
Caritas walks with them as they free themselves from the burden of food insecurity and develop new, improved income streams for a better future.
Head of Community Engagement, Helen Forde, said Project Compassion was an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of caring supporters, all in the name of justice and peace.
“Pope Francis last year said in response to the global food crisis that it is truly scandalous,” she said. “The Australian Catholic community has responded to that call through their overwhelming generosity to Project Compassion in solidarity with those facing global injustice and extreme poverty.
NSW-based Global Education Adviser, Brendan Joyce, said Just Leadership Days held across the state were attended by more than 750 students and demonstrated exceptional student and teacher leadership on global social justice.
Just Leadership Days encourage students to become leaders for justice, in their schools and their communities, for both local and global change.
More than 350 schools and 300 parishes in NSW fundraised for Project Compassion.
“Schools across NSW held the most extraordinary events during Project Compassion, from cake stalls to book fairs and sponsored solidarity walks,” he said.
“The money raised helps us to enable those communities globally to transform their lives. By participating in learning more about global poverty, the students and teachers fundraising or participating in Just Leadership Days are changed for the better.”
Find out more about Just Leadership Days or how you, your school or parish can get involved in Project Compassion in 2016 by phoning 1800 024 413 or visiting www.caritas.org.au
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