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Students from St Joseph’s, Tranmere, were smiling and filled with ‘hope’ as the annual Project Compassion Lenten Appeal was launched at their school on February 26.

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The major fundraiser for Caritas Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church, will this year have a special focus on the current global water crisis.

“According to the United Nations, each year more people die, the majority aged under five, from diseases caused by dirty water than from all forms of violence, including war,” said Caritas Australia CEO Paul O’Callaghan. “A lack of clean water disrupts the education of girls and robs communities of income and food.

“We encourage everyone to support Project Compassion so that we continue to transform lives, strengthen the resilience of communities and contribute to peace and stability.”

Last year St Joseph’s received a commendation from Caritas for its efforts in raising awareness about the agency’s work.

APRIM Cynthia Thompson said social justice and ecological issues were “immensely important” for the school and that the 2019 student Just Leadership Team was motivated to promote Project Compassion’s theme of ‘hope’.

“As an APRIM it’s about educating the children to be global citizens for the common good; helping to make changes that allow people to be empowered to make sustainable change in their lives. It’s not just about raising money,” she said.

Project Compassion’s 2019 theme of ‘Hope’ centres on six stories that profile Caritas’ life-changing development work in communities across the globe. The stories come from Zimbabwe, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Australia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

“The Caritas philosophy is to help marginalised communities become the architects of their own future and Project Compassion has enabled us to achieve major change over 54 years,” Mr O’Callaghan said.

To donate to Project Compassion visit Caritas Australia at www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or call 1800 024 413.

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