Pinto brings X-factor to Project Compassion concert

Gary Pinto performed his Project Compassion song at St Mary’s Cathedral College earlier this year (Caritas Australia/Daniel Nour)

Australian musician Gary Pinto will lead a free online concert next month for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion campaign, bringing Australian and international musicians direct from their homes to yours.

Pinto is urging thousands of school children, teachers, churches and families to stand in solidarity with those most vulnerable to COVID-19 globally for Project Compassion.

The line-up for the May 9 concert will be announced over the coming weeks, but Australian stars Diesel, Matt Gresham, Carmen Smith, Nashville-based Bobby Lee Stamper and many others are expected to be among those generously putting on the show.

Pinto is an ARIA award-winning and multi-platinum selling record artist and a musical mentor to the stars.

While many Australians are facing challenges this year, Caritas Australia is asking the community to “Go Further, Together” and raise much-needed funds for vulnerable communities.

Pinto, who before the lockdown was been working on The Voice, has mentored many of Australia’s recording artists. He has also worked as X Factor Australia’s Vocal Director for the past six years, as well as on Dancing with the Stars.

Pinto wrote a poignant song, Walk with me, for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion before COVID-19 became a global crisis. It focuses on walking in solidarity with those most marginalised and celebrating the dignity of every person globally. You can listen to Walk With Me at this link.

“I know it feels like an incredibly anxious time for everyone, but I remain joyful and hopeful. I think we can all use our talents and abilities to 'Go Further, Together' and think more outwardly,” Pinto said. “Imagine how marginalised communities are feeling - given that many are without housing, experiencing food and water shortages and a lack of health support like we have in Australia.”

“Now is the time to put our faith in humanity into action. Together we can sing, together we can raise money and together we can walk alongside each other and in doing so be transformed in our own lives.”

Details: lent.caritas.org.au or call 1800 024 413.

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Singer urges support to protect the world's most marginalised during COVID 19 (Caritas Australia)

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