Thank you for your Compassion

16 Apr 2012   |   Blog   |   Supporter action   |   Project Compassion

Eve with Project Compassion box

Every year, Caritas Australia asks that you support Project Compassion. And every year we are blown away by your support.

Thanks to you, what started in 1966 as a small fundraiser has now become one of the largest humanitarian fundraising campaigns in Australia.

It is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of the Catholic congregation and caring supporters throughout Australia. Funds you have raised support long-term development and help save lives around the globe.  

In 2012, we have shared stories from Timor Leste, the Thai-Burma border, Zimbabwe*, the Philippines, Peru and Indigenous Australia. Their stories humble and inspire us, and show how your contributions to Project Compassion help people build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.

“Thank you for organising events and raising much-needed dollars, thank you for praying for the poorest of the poor, thank you for spreading the word, thank you for sending us photos and thank you for all your well wishes,” said Jack de Groot, CEO, Caritas Australia.

There are way too many people to thank individually, so here’s a snapshot of Caritas Supporters from around the country:

Kevin Rudd at the Brisbane Launch Brisbane Launch: Attended by former Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd, Sister Joan Doyle RSM, Jack de Groot and Brigidine College student Tess David, 16, Project Compassion was launched at Brisbane’s Queen St Mall. Thanks to Caritas Australia’s Tricia Ryan, Regional Engagement Coordinator Qld and Diocesan Director, Archdiocese of Brisbane, for pulling all this together.

Caritas Ks: Counting their kilometres to help end poverty were Port Adelaide Power footballers and Chris Bowen, Federal Minister for Immigration. In just one week, Minister Bowen covered more than 38km and raised $650.

Coin Trail: The Year 3 Learning Community @ St James the Apostle Primary School in Hoppers Crossing North, Victoria took part in a coin trail competition. They raised a grand total of $400!

Dress for Peace Day: Using the Pope Paul VI message as inspiration, ‘If you want Peace, work for Justice’, St Anthony’s School at Alexandra Hills, Qld added a ‘Dress for Peace Day’ to their fundraising efforts.

Fish Friday at Martin Place, Sydney CBD Fish Friday: At Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD, Peter Doyle @ the Quay and his team of talented chefs cooked BBQ fish meals, while Harris Farm donated bottles of water. Over $3,000 was raised on the day!

Inter-house School Competition: With $40,000 raised over the past three years and another $13,000 targeting for 2012, Lourdes Hill College in Hawthorne Qld made things interesting with an inter-school house competition.

Lemonade Stall: Well done to Eve Gascoigne who made and sold lemonade from home on Easter Monday. Eve collected $52 and placed the money inside the Project Compassion Box at Ursula Frayne Catholic College, Victoria Park, WA.

Lenten Visitors: Port Pirie Diocesan Director Father Paul Bourke accompanied Father Bernard Arputhasamy SJ, on his visit to the Diocese. While at Alice Springs in the Northern Territory they visited the Titjikala Community Art Centre and met local artist Nora Campbell, a Luritja woman from Titjikala.

Online Message Board: This year, we introduced our first online message board. Every day we received inspiring messages of support, such as these ones for Flabiana from Timor Leste: 

You are such an inspiration to me. I am from Year 6 Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Gladstone and our class sent a message to you. I have been saving money to buy something but I am going to give it to Project Compassion. I hope your village can recover.” Kailee

“Flabiana, we have listened to your story and are trying very hard to collect money that will help you and your family and community. We pray for you and ask God to watch over you and give you courage and peace.” Teresa Jirasek

Paint your Nails for Peace Paint your Nails Purple for Peace: The Vinnies group at St. Aloysius in Huntingfield, Tasmania organised a cool fundraiser – ‘Paint your Nails Purple for Peace’. Students paid a gold coin donation for plain purple nails or $3 for designer crackle nails, with $200 raised in 20 minutes!

Pancake Flip, Trash n Treasure & Library Display: Every year, the Catholic Education Office of WA staff hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Flip. In 2012, they also included a Trash n Treasure stall. A total of $800 was raised from the day!

Swimming Challenge: Deirdre Wright from St Francis Xavier Parish, Armadale WA raised $324.50 by swimming 42 laps of her local pool. “It was the farthest I’d ever swum!” she said.

Each week, until 30 June 2012, we will continue to celebrate Project Compassion on Facebook, Twitter and by adding a weekly Supporter in the Spotlight to the website.

Please continue uploading your messages and photos to Facebook and Twitter, and sending your updates to It’s not too late to join in this community action!

A special mention must go to Kevin Rudd and his many passionate Twitter supporters. Thank you for your great Project Compassion messages and for continuing to spread the word. 

Although the Lenten season is over, you can donate to Project Compassion until 30 June 2012. Last year we raised $9.7 million … please help us reach our target of $10 million! Donate today.

Thank you for embracing Project Compassion 2012, from all at Caritas Australia.

For more updates, please head to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

*Sadly we share news of Colletta's passing. Many in her community benefited from her dedication.
May she rest in peace.



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