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Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle www.mn.catholic.org.au
This aligns closely with Caritas Inter nationalis'
global initiative, 'One human family, food for
all', aimed at ending hunger by 2025.
Project Compassion transfor ms the lives of
many of the most marginalised people ar ound
the world. It is thanks to the generosity of the
Austr alian suppor ters that Caritas is able to
work alongside communities over the long
ter m in Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Latin America
and with Fir st Austr alians.
Patricia Banister is a member of the Caritas
Australia Team, Diocese of Maitland-
Newcastle. Please visit caritas.org.au.
GIVING UP LUNCH COULD MEAN
FOOD FOR LIFE
Project Compassion 2015 was launched
in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle on
Shrove Tuesday at St Pius X High School,
Adamstown. The event began with a
welcoming ear th, water and smoke blessing
led by local Aboriginal elder s and students .
Caritas Australia's Suppor ter Care team
member, Sophie Menner, spoke about
Project Compassion 2015 and challenged
those present to under take three tasks
during this time of Lent: think, pray and
act. She offered some suggestions to the
students with regard to the action. If ever y
student present gave up one canteen lunch
during Lent, the cost could be placed in the
Project Compassion box. If every student
in each of our diocesan schools did this,
imagine how much money could be r aised
for Project Compassion !
Vicar General, Fr Brian Mascord, led the
community in prayer and urged us to stop
and think about how our own needs can
change when we concentr ate on others and
put them first. What can we change and
how can we become what God wants us to
be? Simply, we can be followers of Jesus by
reaching out to those in need. To encourage
this action, Project Compassion boxes wer e
distributed to representatives of school,
parish and diocesan groups.
Eric and Margaret (Ma) from Fiji are
currently guests in Australia, sharing with our
communities the story of their achievements
through completing cour ses at the Tutu
Rur al Tr aining Centre in Fiji. The Centre,
which is suppor ted by Caritas Austr alia,
r uns courses for people living in the r emote
nor ther n islands of Fiji. These cour ses
empowered Eric and Ma to par ticipate fully
in making decisions about their future, so
they could find per sonal fulfilment and grow
a sustainable source of food for life.
In speaking at the Sydney launch of Caritas
Austr alia's annual Lenten campaign, Project
Compassion, they expressed their deep
gr atitude to the people of Austr alia.
The season of Lent began on Ash
Wednesday, 18 Febr uary. Caritas Austr alia
is one of Australia's largest humanitarian
organisations . Its annual Project Compassion
fundraising campaign is a familiar aspect
of Lent. Each year, Project Compa ssion
brings hundreds of thousands of Austr alians
together in solidarity with the world's poor.
Last year, suppor ters across Austr alia
r aised nearly $11 million to help the world's
poorest communities. The theme for this
year's Project Compassion is Food for Life.
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