VIDEO: Project Compassion 2015 Preview

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, all in the name of justice and peace. It is the lifeblood of Caritas Australia; without it, they could not do the vital work they do. 

In Project Compassion 2014, nearly $11 million was raised to help the world's poorest communities. In the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, close to $225,000 was donated - a fantastic and generous contribution from our region. 

The theme for Project Compassion 2015 is “Food for Life”.

Food is essential for all life, yet many of the world’s poorest people do not have food security. That means they live from day-to-day, uncertain of how to afford or how to access their next meal. Without food, the rest of life is impossible to contemplate: how can you plan for the future or educate your children when you fear you will be hungry?

As Pope Francis says: “It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous.”

Project Compassion 2015 explores how Caritas Australia is helping the world’s poorest people establish sustainable food, walking with them as they free themselves from the burden of food insecurity and develop new, improved income streams for a better future. Watch the video below to understand more about Project Compassion.

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Project Compassion 2015 launch for parishes, schools, CatholicCare, religious & Catholic organisations will be held on Tuesday 17 February, beginning at 10am at St Pius X High School, Park Avenue, Adamstown. Refreshments will be served after the launch. All are welcome. RSVP Brooke Robinson 4979 1111 or

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Caritas Australia, a Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, is part of a global network that spans over 200 countries and territories. For over 110 years, Caritas has worked towards the creation of a just world. In 1964, Caritas began in Australia.