Project Compassion invites Tasmanians to give the gift of hope

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Project Compassion invites Tasmanians to give the gift of hope

Project Compassion – the major fundraising drive of Caritas Australia – has officially begun in Tasmania and around Australia.

Launched at Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart by Archbishop Julian on Sunday, March 3, this year’s Project Compassion has a special focus on the current global water crisis.

Caritas Australia’s Community Participation Leader for Victoria and Tasmania, Deacon Jim Curtain, assisted Archbishop Julian at the Mass.

“I urge everyone to support Project Compassion. Your gifts will make a world of difference and will be used to transform lives, strengthen the resilience of communities and contribute to peace and stability,” Deacon Curtain said.

“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. A lack of clean water disrupts the education of girls and robs communities of income and food.”

Tasmanians have had a history of generosity when it comes to supporting Caritas in its mission of compassion. During the 2017-2018 financial year, Tasmania’s schools and parishes raised more than $320,000 for the charity.

This year, the theme of Project Compassion is ‘Hope’.

“At the heart of Caritas is a simple philosophy: we help people to help themselves. Since it began in 1965, Project Compassion has been vital to our capacity to fight poverty, tackle injustice and uphold dignity,” Deacon Curtain said.

Those interested in donating to Project Compassion, or hosting a fundraising event, can visit Caritas Australia’s website, www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion, or call 1800 024 413.

Image: Caritas’ annual ‘Project Compassion’ campaign has begun in schools and parishes around Tasmania. Tati (centre) sitting on the veranda of the eco-tourism project house. Photo: Richard Wainwright Caritas Australia.