Internationally renowned Aboriginal artist Uncle Richard Campbell for Project Compassion 2017

Running each year throughout Lent, Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. It links thousands of Australians to the women, children and men most vulnerable to poverty and injustice, who are rich in the eyes of Jesus.

Every year since 1965, our Caritas family across Australia have supported our six-week Lenten appeal in an extraordinary demonstration of faith, love, generosity and compassion.

Year round, Caritas Australia’s staff work with our dedicated partner agencies, inspiring program participants, and compassionate supporters to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Every year, Caritas Australia’s staff and international partners take time to visit Australian schools, parishes and community supporters, to share their experiences with the people who make our work possible.

Uncle Richard Campbell is talented Aboriginal painter. His internationally-known art draws parallels between Aboriginal Dreaming stories and stories from the Bible. However Uncle Richard’s experience is also informed by his experiences of personal hardship, being kidnapped from his family.
Richard is a survivor of the Stolen Generations, forcibly removed from his family as a child and taken to Kinchela Boys Home (KBH) in NSW. Uncle Richard features in the Project Compassion week 3 story about the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC), formed but survivors of KBH to foster healing and raise to awareness of their experiences.Richard was taken from his family at the age of 9 and put in to the Kinchela Boys’ Home under Government policies that removed Aboriginal children to break their connection to their families and cultures. Being part of the Stolen Generations has impacted Richard’s life enormously and is a central subject when he gives talks about his art and life at schools and churches.

Since 2013, Richard has been exhibiting his work with the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation, a Caritas partner, to help educate Australians about the Kinchela Boys Home and the impacts it has had. Richard is the Secretary of the KBHAC Board.

In Project Compassion 2017, we will demonstrate how love for our neighbours, like that expressed by the Good Samaritan, can transform lives. When mutual respect is fostered, communities become stronger and more resilient.

This can only lead to a better future for our world, the world that Pope Francis has recently called “Our Common Home”.

Uncle Richard will speak at the Caritas Project Compassion 2017 Dinner
Friday 3 March 2017
6pm for 6.30pm start
Victor Peters Suite, 841 Hunter Street, Newcastle West
Cost $35pp, including dinner and presentation.

Funds raised go to Caritas Australia. EFT payment can be made to CDF - BSB 062 815 ACC number 0032 8161 Reference Agt 44 and your name.

RSVP to Brooke Robinson on 4979 1111 or
Dietary restriction to be advised at time of booking.


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