Project Compassion Tasmanian launch

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Project Compassion Tasmanian launch

Caritas’ Project Compassion 2015 was officially launched in Hobart, on Ash Wednesday.

With the theme Food for Life, this year’s campaign focuses on empowering the world’s poorest people to free themselves from the burden of food insecurity and develop new and improved income streams for a better future.

Running for the six weeks of Lent, Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual fund and awareness-raising appeal, which brings thousands of Australians together to raise money to support the world's poor, while promoting justice and upholding dignity.

During Project Compassion 2014, nearly $11 million was raised in Australia to help the world's poorest communities, $175,000 of which came from Tasmania.

Caritas Australia’s Sr Margaret Fyfe, who visited Hobart for the launch, said Project Compassion was focused on supporting projects which provided long term solutions to immediate and dire issues such as food shortage and water access.

“In some communities people don’t have the luxury of thinking ahead, they are just thinking about survival until tomorrow,” Sr Margaret said.

“But these programs remove that, so people can create a situation and a life where people can think we do have a future.”

Sr Margaret encouraged people to go to the Caritas website to find out more about its projects and the people it supports.

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