We recap Project Compassion
19 May 2017 | Blog | Project Compassion | Project Compassion - Current
With Lent over for another year, Caritas Australia would like to say thank you for your support of Project Compassion 2017!
Across the country schools, churches and individuals did amazing things and it was wonderful to see Dinia, Martina, Uncle Richard, Nguyet, Semiti and Aloma and the theme of “Love your Neighbour” inspire such generosity and kindness.
Schools, parishes and individuals showed their support from launch events, right throughout Lent. View our photo gallery to see a sample of some of the great Project Compassion activities.
Some of this year's highlights
We had some special guests join us for Project Compassion this year, including Semiti the Director of the People’s Community network in Fiji. He visited a number of schools and parishes and was featured on ABC News 24’s The World program and radio spots on Cradio and ABC’s Pacific Beat.
Father Tonette, the Director of the Socio-Pastoral Action Centre Foundation Inc. (SPACFI) which helps communities in the Philippines, also visited a number of schools and parishes. Fr Tonette featured in several local newspapers and SBS Filipino.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs showed their support for Caritas this Project Compassion, with Coach Michael Maguire and Caritas Australia’s Program Coordinator for Africa, Sister Ivy Khoury, spending time with students at St Brigid’s Catholic Primary in Coogee. Sister Ivy was also involved in a gathering between the Rabbitohs players and Caritas Australia partner agency, the Kinchela Boys Home Corporation, where the Kinchela men were able to share their Stolen Generations stories with the players after a training session at Redfern Oval.
Acclaimed Australian journalist Jeff McMullen also spoke at a special Project Compassion Leadership event. McMullen gave an inspired talk and spoke passionately about the importance of walking alongside First Australian communities to address their priorities.
We held an Instagram Challenge for high school students to participate in, with Xaviere Santos from Emmaus Catholic College, NSW, crowned the winner. Congratulations Xaviere!
Once again, we say thank you to all of your support. If you would like to donate to Project Compassion, there’s still time. You can donate online or call 1800 024 413.
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