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Project Compassion empowering youth ‘for a just future’

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Empowering young people throughout the world to build a ‘just future’ for themselves, their families and communities will be the focus of this year’s Project Compassion Lenten appeal.

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To be launched at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Ash Wednesday – February 14 – the appeal will run during the six weeks of Lent.

Caritas Australia is hoping that money collected will offer young people vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice the chance to build a better world.

According to the UN, 250 million children worldwide live in conflict zones. Through its work Caritas believes the contribution of young people is integral to building a sustainable peace.

Caritas Australia’s head of Engagement and Sustainability, David Armstrong said money raised through Project Compassion would make a big difference in the agency’s capacity to help impoverished communities “become stronger and more resilient”.

“Youth are the future and offer us hope for a better tomorrow. Engaging them and investing in the millions of young people who live in fragile contexts has never been more important,” he said.

Last year, South Australians raised more than $650,000 of the $11 million collected nationally.

Caritas Australia’s Adelaide diocesan director Angela Hart said schools and parishes have now received their Project Compassion kits and added that many resources were also available online.

While she hoped planning of fundraising activities and events was well underway – Ms Hart stressed that understanding why the appeal was needed and who would be helped was equally important.

The school launch of Project Compassion will be held at Nazareth Catholic College on February 6.

For more information or to make a donation go to www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phone 8210 8172.

 

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