Hundreds of school students from across Melbourne will join Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart for the launch of this year’s Project Compassion on Tuesday at Deakin Edge Theatre, in Federation Square.
Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, and is one of Australia’s largest humanitarian campaigns. Last year Project Compassion broke a record, raising more than $11 million. Supporters from Melbourne’s parishes and schools contributed $1.4 million of this total.
Caritas Australia CEO, Paul O’Callaghan, said every dollar raised and every person who participates in Project Compassion helps make a difference in the most vulnerable communities. 'This year, Caritas Australia celebrates 50 years of love, compassion and support for the world’s poorest communities,' Mr O’Callaghan said.
'In cities like Melbourne, the generosity of the Australian community has made an enormous difference to the most marginalised. Support for Project Compassion helps to change lives, build sustainable livelihoods, and provide healthcare, education and supportive, safe environments for all.'
This year, Project Compassion celebrates our shared desire to live a full and beautiful life.
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Melbourne students to attend launch of Project Compassion (Caritas Australia Media Release)