Project Compassion 2013 opening doors to the future

Ditosa from Mozambique - Caritas' main Project Compassion story 2013

Ditosa from Mozambique – Caritas’ main Project Compassion story 2013

Media Release, 10 July, 2013

Caritas Australia has thanked thousands of generous supporters right across Australia who joined in solidarity with the world’s poor during Project Compassion 2013.

Caritas Australia’s major fundraiser, run over the six weeks of Lent, once again broke a fundraising record. In 2012, more than $10.7 million was raised; while this year, nearly $11 million was raised for the poorest of the poor.

Every year, Project Compassion brings together thousands of Australians in solidarity with the world’s most marginalised people and 2013 is no exception, with hundreds of Catholic schools, parishes and individuals taking part in the annual Lenten appeal.

Caritas Australia works in partnership with local communities in 35 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, Indigenous Australia and the Pacific. The money raised from Project Compassion goes towards funding long-term development programs and assisting the organisation to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

Caritas Australia’s Head of Community Engagement, Helen Forde thanked the Australian public for their continued support and generosity.

“This is an amazing achievement and helps us open doors to a better future for the world’s poor,” Ms Forde said.

“Every year we are humbled by the continued support of the Australian community. Their generosity is overwhelming and we appreciate each and every effort during Project Compassion.

“It is thanks to our supporters that Caritas Australia’s partners around the world can change lives and create opportunities for education, sustainable livelihoods, affordable healthcare, and supportive safe environments for whole communities.”

This year’s Project Compassion theme, “Open doors into the future” was from Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 encyclical Spe Salvi, 35.

Ms Forde said every dollar makes a difference and every person participating in Project Compassion plays an important role. “The money raised really does help change lives. It makes a huge difference. Without it we simply could not do the life-changing work we do. Thank you,” she said.

For more information go to www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phone 1800 024 413.
Media contact: Melinda McHugh 0408 869 833 or melindam@caritas.org.au