Thandolwayo collecting water in Zimbabwe. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

60 years of Caritas Australia

Caritas means love and compassion in Latin and these two powerful words have guided us for the past 60 years, as we worked hand-in-hand with our partners worldwide to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.   


Caritas Australia started in the early 1960s among lay Catholics who wanted to tackle hunger and global poverty. The Catholic Overseas Relief Committee was created in 1964, which later became Caritas Australia. That same year, Catholic parishes in Adelaide conducted the first Lenten appeal that raised money for a fishing boat to support the needs of the communities in the Tiwi Islands. 

Today, Caritas Australia works in 36 countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific, as well as First Australian communities. We are also part of one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world, Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 162 member organisations in 200 countries all over the world, with over one million staff and volunteers. 

Join us as we celebrate 60 years of walking alongside the world's most vulnerable communities to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. 

Vote for your favourite photo and enter the draw to win an artwork from Djilpin Arts!  

A winner will be randomly selected to win a handpainted artwork by Harry Malibirr valued at $880 (see below for details), with 20 copies of 60 faces: Portraits of Compassion in Action. The competition will close on June 30th. See the full terms and conditions here. 

Major prize: Artwork by Harry Malibirr

The artwork depicts five of Harry Malibirr's dreaming stories and uses uses a handmade jarlk grass reed brush harvested from local billabongs and wet areas. Raark or fine line work is in Yirritja style and consists of multiple lines before alternating colours. Paint used is modern acrylic.

About Harry

Harry was born at Elcho Island and is an artistic cultural man through mediums of painting, carving and ceremonial dancing of Bungul. He learned art through watching and absorbing knowledge from his father and uncle. Both were painters who encouraged Harry to paint small bits of their art, helping gather knowledge, skills and confidence.

Harry works with both modern acrylics, as well as traditional ochres/stones and is confident with a Jarlk reed brush. He works on canvas and bark, while also carving yidaki or didj, and larrakitj or lorrkon.

First Nations artist Harry Malibirr holding a painting that depicts five of his dreaming stories. Photo: Djilpin Arts.
First Nations artist Harry Malibirr holding a painting that depicts five of his dreaming stories. Photo: Djilpin Arts.