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The Southern Cross : March 2012
www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross March 2012 Page 3 news | Fish Fridays and walkathons are key ingredients of Project Compassion 2012, the major annual fundraising campaign for Caritas Australia, the Catholic aid and development agency. Inspired by the long distances people in developing countries have to walk each day, Caritas is asking school students and community groups to sign up to Caritas and obtain sponsors for every kilometre they walk, run or swim. Schools and parishes are also being asked to hold as many Fish Friday events as possible. By charging a small price for fish or requesting a donation per serve, it is hoped they can engage people directly in the message of poverty and generate support for programs that help communities have better meals and better lives. More than 200 students from St Therese Primary School, at Colonel Light Gardens, were involved in the launch of Caritas Australia's Project Compassion on Ash Wednesday. Reception student Lucy Syrus (pictured front page) said: "we put money in the box to help the poor people -- that's a good thing". Archbishop Wilson celebrated the special liturgy at St Therese Catholic Church. Concelebrating with him was Caritas Australia's Lenten visitor Father Bernard Arputhasamy SJ, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific (pictured right). Fr Arputhasamy, based in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, said funds donated by Australians to Caritas have assisted thousands and thousands of people in the Asia Pacific region, including vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers and urban refugees. "It is a privilege to be here and share the life of the refugees and to understand them as people with the same dreams and hopes and desires that we all have," he said. "And in some way, Project Compassion is helping them fulfill these dreams." While in Adelaide last month, Fr Arputhasamy visited several Adelaide Catholic schools and was part of a public forum at Norwood Parish. Catholic schools and parishes across the State are now busy preparing various fundraisers for Project Compassion. Xavier College, near Gawler, uses the Bosco Cup and Christian Citizenship Shield as part of its fundraising and students and their families are encouraged to make personal donations. Over the past two years Xavier College has raised about $30,000 for Project Compassion. "Each year we ask the students, families and staff to think seriously about others less fortunate than themselves and to give generously," said David Smith, director of Salesian identity for the college. Project Compassion, which runs for six weeks, has been a crucial fundraiser for Caritas since 1965. Last year, Australians raised a record $9.7 million. "Caritas Australia is about helping people help themselves... (and) delivering justice and peace by changing lives for the long haul," said Caritas Australia chief executive officer Jack de Groot. "Every year the Catholic community humbles us with their capacity to ensure the poorest of the poor are delivered justice and peace, which ultimately leads to stability and security," said Mr de Groot. For more on Project Compassion visit www.caritas.org.au/ projectcompassion Changing lives now Superior investment performance No minimum initial investment Competitive fees Flexible investment options Choice of payment frequency Financial planning advice .... And it is open to everyone. Authorised by CSF Pty Limited (ABN 30 006 169 286; AFSL 246664), the Trustee of the Catholic Superannuation Fund (ABN 50 237 896 957). This information is about the Fund and is general information only. It has been prepared without taking into account your personal investment objectives, financial situation or needs. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed in any way as, investment, legal or financial advice. 1300 730 327 (Monday--Friday, 8 am--5 pm Melbourne time) www.csf.com.au Call our dedicated Pension team -- we'll step you through your options and compare your existing Pension fund CS003 Feb2012 Catholic Super offers investors a multi-award winning Pension Fund. GIVING: Xavier College Year 12 students focusing on Project Compassion at an RE seminar on Ash Wednesday. Photo: Nat Rogers