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SA takes action for Project Compassion

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Thousands of South Australians – including Catholic school students and parishioners – have dug deep this year to raise more than $650,000 for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Lenten campaign.

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One of Australia’s largest humanitarian fundraising and awareness raising campaigns, Project Compassion this year received $11 million nationally, which will go towards helping to end poverty, promote justice and uphold the dignity of the world’s poor.

As in previous years, schools and parishes throughout the Adelaide Archdiocese organised different events and activities to raise money for the cause. In one initiative, Kenyan-born priest Father Charles Lukati from the Aberfoyle Park parish led a team of runners and walkers from the Archdiocese who competed in the Bay-City Fun run in March.

Caritas Australia’s Adelaide diocesan director Angela Hart said she had been overwhelmed by the generous response to this year’s appeal.

“Project Compassion is an ongoing demonstration of faith and generosity that has enabled Caritas Australia to help millions of people to change their lives,” Ms Hart said.

“This money will ensure that Caritas can continue to work with those most marginalised in more than 29 countries globally, across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and with Australia’s First Peoples.”

Through this year’s Project Compassion theme of “Love your Neighbour,” Caritas Australia sought to highlight the impact of working in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable communities to alleviate poverty. Caritas shared six inspiring stories from the Philippines, Timor Leste, Australia, Vietnam and Fiji to promote the campaign.

 

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