Caritas Australia’s 2010/11 Annual Report: a lesson in generosity


With the release of its much-anticipated The Heart That Sees 2010/11 Annual Report, Caritas Australia CEO Jack de Groot said the figures collected over the demonstrate of the generosity of the Catholic community and the entire country.

Seeing its way through emergency responses to a series of devastating home grown disasters including the Brisbane floods, Cyclone Yasi, as well as the earthquake in Christchurch and the earthquake and tsunami that crippled Japan, Australia remained committed to the common good.

“Brisbane schools, Churches, individuals and sporting teams put their own problems aside to raise more than $1 million in funds for our annual Project Compassion funding appeal, which assists the poorest communities across the globe,” Mr de Groot said.

“Indeed, I am delighted to report that the $9.7 million total reached for this year’s Project Compassion was a record for us and, most importantly, a record for the brothers and sisters we serve.

“That our community can come together in unquestionable solidarity for the poor -  at a time when their own backs were the wall - is a dramatic statement about who we are as a Church and a nation.”

Mr de Groot said figures generated for The Heart That Sees report also highlighted the impact of committing to a nation in crisis for the long term, long after the cameras have left.

The earlier report, Before During and After the Asian Tsunami, revealed some $25 million was generated by Caritas supporters and affected thousands of people who have rebuilt their communities and regained livelihoods. A staggering 94 per cent of that money made it to the region, directly for in-country programs.

Caritas also remains present in Burma, reaching 250,000 people in need after Cyclone Nargis killed 140,000 people and destroyed the homes of two million people.

“But we must remember that while it is crucial disasters are dealt with effectively, they made up less than 40 per cent of our resources in 2010-11,” Mr de Groot said.

“The lion’s share of what we do is long-term global development. The network is embedded on every continent teaching men, women and children how to catch fish, not how to eat fish. Because this changes lives forever.

“We educate and support people to learn and have livelihoods, run businesses, tend healthy crops, raise livestock, go to school, construct homes, read, write, drive, avoid violence, build peace and become independent.

“This is an infinite pursuit. We will continue to invite you join on this sometimes tiring but always inspiring mission to control poverty and generate justice wherever we can. These figures are good, but there is always a great deal do.”

Read the 2010/11 Annual Report at the Caritas website

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