On February 7, 2016 Caritas Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church, will launch its annual Project Compassion appeal – one of Australia’s largest humanitarian fundraising and awareness-raising campaigns.
This year marks 50 years of Project Compassion, which thanks to supporters, schools and parishes across Australia raised a record-breaking $11.57 million last year.
Each year Project Compassion, which runs through the six weeks of Lent, brings hundreds of thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world’s poor, to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Money raised goes towards Caritas Australia’s humanitarian and long-term development programs in more than 40 countries across Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Latin America and with First Australian communities.
“Lent is the time of year when we put our faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving,” said Caritas Australia CEO, Paul O’Callaghan.
“Project Compassion has transformed millions of lives and every year since 1965 we have demonstrated our faith, our compassion and our generosity towards the most vulnerable members of our global family.”
Pope Francis has said, “Education is an act of hope.” The theme for this year’s Project Compassion, “Learning more, creating change”, celebrates the power of learning, and the many ways in which Caritas Australia is working with local partners around the world to provide vital learning and renewed hope to those most marginalised.
In 2016, Caritas Australia’s six feature stories, from Malawi, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Cambodia and India, demonstrate how education, training and sharing knowledge empowers individuals and communities to transform their futures and create lasting change.
During Lent, Australians are invited to support Project Compassion by direct donation, or by holding fundraising events. These include Caritas Ks, where participants raise money by walking, running, cycling or swimming kilometres for compassion, and Fish Fridays, where people eat small fish meals and make a donation to Caritas Australia.
To donate to Project Compassion, or for fundraising ideas visit www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phone 1800 024 413.
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