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Caritas grateful for generosity


Caritas Australia has thanked the Archdiocese of Adelaide for raising $545,403 for its Project Compassion appeal this year.

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A total of $8.5m was raised in Australia, supporting Caritas Australia’s work in numerous communities experiencing war, political upheaval, famine and natural disasters.

“Though these times of darkness can often seem inescapable, the commitment of the Adelaide Archdiocese in supporting Caritas Australia’s work has been pivotal in helping those affected by these crises,” said Caritas Australia CEO Kirsty Robertson.

“As we continue to grapple with these challenges, courage and strength can often be found through kindness. Therefore, I am incredibly humbled by the immense compassion that the Catholic community in Australia has shown towards the communities we serve. Its generosity has been the pebble that allows Caritas Australia to create ripples of impact, improving families’ livelihoods worldwide. We support them to flourish and create opportunities for future generations to live and thrive.”

Ms Robertson said the wholehearted efforts and engagement of dioceses, parishes and schools was testament to the Australian Catholic community’s generosity and dedication to helping vulnerable communities worldwide.

“Newly-appointed Caritas ambassadors in almost half of the parishes in the Archdiocese of Adelaide have done some wonderful awareness-raising over the Lenten period,” she said.

“From elaborate liturgical displays highlighting our Project Compassion stories this year, to speakers and the connections they made with their congregations and even some of the multicultural church.

“The fruit of their labour can only increase in coming years. We are most grateful for their passion and compassion.”

Noting that schools were always coming up with new ways of sharing Project Compassion and promoting awareness, Ms Robertson congratulated Ben Ryan, APRIM for St Martin De Porres School, for coordinating the Southern Schools Fun Run with eight participating schools this year. ‘Quieter gestures’ by the Dos Santos family resulted in a library display of Project Compassion stories at Emmaus Catholic School, Woodcroft.

“United by our Church community, our connection with dioceses, parishes and schools across the country, is pivotal to our work to foster faith and action to address social injustices,” she said.


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