Local and international stars serenade in song for Project Compassion

Shortly after the commencement of Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten appeal Project Compassion, the coronavirus pandemic struck the country, closing schools, workplaces and churches and leaving the nation largely confined to our homes. With the growing need for Caritas Australia to help protect vulnerable communities globally from the virus, singer Gary Pinto and his band of star-studded collaborators stepped in to raise spirits and much needed funds.

Aria Award-winning recording artist and musical mentor Gary Pinto is considered one of the greatest soul and R&B singers that Australia has produced. Among his many accomplishments, front lining popular 90s band CDB, song writing for Guy Sebastian and mentoring recording artists on X Factor and The Voice.

 “Caritas Australia works quietly behind the scenes, delivering long-term programs and essential humanitarian and emergency services, globally. Thanks to the generous support of the Australian public, they carry on working for a peaceful, equitable and just society with profound respect for human dignity.” Gary said.

As the coronavirus pandemic struck, Gary was compelled to stand in solidarity with the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in an incredible gesture of goodwill.  He called on his musical peers to share their talents and deliver a concert for an important cause in a challenging time.

“Music is a powerful tool for changing lives. I am really proud to be a part of the Caritas family and through music gifting my talents to support their wonderful work.” said Gary.

On 9 May, hundreds of home-bound Australians saved a sofa for The Loungeroom Sessions, an hour of musical power with talented local and international artists. The loyal supporters were serenaded in song whilst essential funds were raised for Caritas Australia’s COVID-19 appeal.

Gary Pinto front-lined sensational performances by Guy Sebastian, Diesel, Matt Gresham, Mahalia Barnes, Carmen Smith, Natasha Pinto, Fr Rob Galea and other talent. The beautiful and soulful performances radiated light over the shadow cast by quarantine and united all in solidarity for Project Compassion.

“I know it feels like an incredibly anxious time for everyone, but I remain joyful and hopeful and I think we can all use our talents and abilities to ‘Go Further, Together.” Gary said

Caritas Australia is the Catholic agency for international aid and development, working in 24 countries across, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Pacific and here at home with First Australian communities. The spread of COVID-19 globally threatens to have a disastrous impact on those already living in communities already vulnerable to poverty, malnutrition and without access to clean water and sanitation.

“It’s time to put our faith into action and support marginalised communities around the world – that have minimal access to safe housing, fresh water and food and a lack of health support like we have in Australia.” Gary said.

Caritas Australia walks in compassion, alongside the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised communities delivering long-term development programs and humanitarian relief, empowering women, men and children and strengthening the communities around them.

Your support helps millions in great need shape a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

The Loungeroom Sessions are available to view here: https://www.facebook.com/livemusic2u/videos/2683971625045860/?vh=e

To donate to Caritas Australia call 1800 024 413 or visit  www.caritas.org.au

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