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Caritas Australia raises record amount in Project Compassion

Caritas Australia yesterday announced that it raised a record $5.75 million for impoverished communities throughout the world in this year's annual Project Compassion appeal.

Organised through Catholic parishes and schools for the past 36 years, Project Compassion is Australia's second largest aid and development appeal. Held during the lead up to Easter, the campaign allows individuals and communities to observe Lent in a practical way and contribute to the overseas aid and development work of Caritas Australia.

"This year's extraordinary result shows a growth of over 13% in the funds raised," said National Director Jack de Groot. "This has more than passed our expectations for the appeal."

Praising the generosity of Australians, he said the appeal also gives the Australian community the opportunity to learn about global development issues through Caritas Australia's educational campaign.

The organisation is currently focusing energies on assisting Afghani refugees living in appalling conditions in makeshift camps along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Donations can be made online or by telephone through 1800 024 413.

Caritas Australia