Caritas Australia has thanked thousands of generous supporters, including schools and parishes, right across Australia who joined in solidarity with the world’s poor during Project Compassion 2014.
Conducted during the six weeks of Lent, Caritas Australia’s major annual fundraiser has, over the years, helped thousands of vulnerable communities around the world to build better lives for themselves. In 2014, Australians once again opened their hearts with almost $11 million being raised for the poorest of the poor.
The fundraiser brings individuals, Catholic parishes, and Catholic schools together, and reflects the goals that underpin Caritas Australia’s work: To end poverty, promote justice, and uphold dignity.
The money raised through this year’s appeal will fund long-term development programs in over 30 countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. Funds will also support programs for First Australian communities.
Caritas Australia’s Head of Community Engagement, Helen Forde, thanked the Australian public for their continuous support. 'This amazing achievement will allow us to bring a brighter tomorrow to the world’s poor, and for that they –and we – are very grateful,' Ms Forde said.
'Following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, for which Australians donated over $6.2 million to Caritas Australia, we are humbled to see their generosity and continuing support for others in desperate need.'
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