Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, has thanked thousands of generous supporters, including schools and parishes across Australia. Together they helped to raise 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.
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, says Project Compassion is 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. 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,” Ms Forde said.
“Words can’t actually describe how I feel, because not only have our supporters, parishes, schools, Bishops, clergy, volunteers, and staff all given so much during Project Compassion, this time they’ve also responded generously with millions of dollars in support for communities affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.”
Caritas Education Manager, Jane Woolford said Just Leadership Days held across Australia 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.
“Schools across Australia held the most extraordinary events during Project Compassion from cake stalls, to book fairs and sponsored solidarity walk events,” Ms Woolford said.
“This money raised really helps us enable those communities globally to transform their lives, but by participating in learning more about global poverty, the students and teachers fundraising or participating in Just Leadership Days are they themselves 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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