Project Compassion 2014, a fundraising drive of Caritas Australia to help fight poverty, was launched in Sydney on March 6 at the Terra Sancta College in Schofields.
Project Compassion 2014 in Sydney is backed by the Diocese of Sydney and supported by the NSW government.
The project spearheads a program that specifically targets poor communities in the Philippines.
Earlier, the project was introduced to the community in a program held at the Parliament House in Sydney attended by NSW premier Barry O’Farrell, Caritas Australia CEO Paul O’Callaghan and Bishop Terence Brady.
Rev. Dennis Espejo from the Diocese of Malolos in the Philippines attended the launch event to speak about the Caritas-supported emergency relief housing projects for Filipino communities vulnerable to flooding and natural disasters.
“Caritas Australia has given us around PHP 35 Million or AU$800,000 that funded our housing project in the provinve of Bulacan in 2009,” Fr. Dennis said.
“More than 900 people are already living in the housing project. In Tacloban, there are over 95,000 families that are being helped by the Caritas,” Fr Dennis said.
Project Compassion is on 50th year and is one of Australia’s largest humanitarian campaigns. Last year the appeal raised more than $11 million for Caritas Australia.
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.
“In cities like Sydney, the generosity of the Australian community has made an enormous difference to the most marginalized. Support for Project Compassion helps to change lives, build sustainable livelihoods, and provide healthcare, education, and supportive, safe environments for all,” he said.
At the Terra Sancta College launch, the programme was attended by more than 200 Year 9 and 10 students.
Caritas Australia acknowledges the Terra Sancta student, family and friend’s $5,000 donation.
Running through the six weeks of Lent each year, Project Compassion is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of caring supporters in the name of justice and peace.
To donate to Project Compassion, visit www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phone 1800 02 413.