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Year 5 social justice leaders from St Columba’s Elwood promote Caritas during Lent (Studio Lemon/ Saskia Koffijberg)

More than 1700 schools and 1200 parishes across the country took part in this year’s Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraiser, Project Compassion.

The charity’s chief executive, Kirsty Robertson, said: “We are always amazed by the way schools and parishes come together to raise funds for Project Compassion – whether its donning aprons to cook up some traditional Shrove Tuesday pancakes or hitting the pavement for Caritas Ks.

“These activities are very in keeping with the spirit of Lent, as they allow us to reflect on the experiences of our brothers and sisters across the world, engage in almsgiving, and come together as a global community.”

Caritas Australia representatives also attended 350 masses across the country to speak about Project Compassion.

“We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community here in Australia, to all the schools and parishes that have held an event or fundraiser, and to all the individuals that have donated, or engaged with our stories this year,” Ms Robertson said. 

There is still time to donate to Project Compassion: visit


 Caritas Australia thanks schools and parishes for another successful Project Compassion (Caritas Australia)