OLMC Parramatta launches 2013 Project Compassion campaign for Diocese
|OLMC Parramatta Project Compassion 2013 launch.|
Our Lady of Mercy College (OLMC) Parramatta hosted the launch of Caritas Australia’s 2013 Project Compassion campaign for the Parramatta Diocese on Tuesday 12 February.
Held on Shrove Tuesday (the day before the start of the season of Lent in the Catholic Church), the launch saw OLMC students hear from two Caritas speakers; Annabelle Dulhuntly, African Latin America Group Leader at Caritas Australia and the Secretary General of Caritas Sri Lanka, Father George Sigamoney.
Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Social Justice Coordinator, Sister Louise McKeogh then joined students to discuss issues arising from the talks and to distribute Project Compassion materials. To mark Shrove Tuesday, pancakes were prepared by OLMC hospitality students and served for students.
Caritas Australia is the Catholic international aid and development agency that operates in more than 30 countries. Last year Project Compassion, run in Catholic parishes and schools across Australia, broke a fundraising record, raising more than $10.7 million. The money raised supports long-term development projects in Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Latin America and Indigenous Australia.
Dignity and freedom for all people
OLMC Parramatta’s Director of Mission Claire Thomas says the College’s foundations are based on a group of women who believed in justice, compassion and solidarity with the materially poor and economically marginalised; these are strongly in tune with Caritas’ aims.
"As a Catholic international aid organisation that promotes the dignity and freedom for all people, Caritas has that same social concern, same passion," Mrs Thomas said.
"Caritas works in partnership with all those who share an understanding of the social teachings of the Catholic Church."
OLMC Parramatta promotes a strong social justice culture and has a dedicated Social Justice Coordinator. The College has hosted many social justice conferences and forums and participates annually in a wide range of charity appeals. The Mercy Tree in the College’s main courtyard is an initiative aimed at raising funds to support the work of the Sisters of Mercy.
Established in 1889, OLMC Parramatta is a leading independent Catholic girls school which provides contemporary learning and academic excellence in the rich Mercy tradition.
Your contribution to Project Compassion 2013 will help people to build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.
To make a donation pick up an envelope or collection box from your parish or school or donate online at Caritas Australia
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