Significant funds raised for Project Compassion
By Josh Low
Approximately $150,000 was raised through the Archdiocese of Hobart for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion 2022.
Mackillop Catholic College in Mornington and the South Hobart Parish were two communities that contributed significantly this year.
Religious Education Coordinator at Mackillop College, Lachlan Marsh, said Project Compassion was a major fundraising focus for the school this year.
“We kicked things off on Shrove Tuesday with our pancake stall, made by one of our parents with some help from Food Tech students and teachers.
“This year, each of our six college houses took responsibility for a fundraising task, which included a bake sale, milkshake stall, pizza lunch, guess the Easter Eggs in the jar competition, tabloid sports competition and EA FIFA console gaming competition.
“We also had Deacon Michael Smith speak at an assembly to inform our students how the money raised is used by Caritas,” he said.
South Hobart Parish Priest Fr Michael Tate said being involved in Project Compassion signified a commitment to Pope Francis’ call to serve the poor.
“Project Compassion has a proven track record for integrity in delivering on projects it supports, and in an environment with so many scams this is an important consideration.
“We can do something at a local level, as we have with our affordable housing apartment project here in South Hobart,” he said.
“But Project Compassion gives us the opportunity to look beyond our borders to other parts of the world, where the needs of the poor are also so apparent.”