Catholic Mission has its most successful year
Catholic Mission had its most successful year ever in 2004, raising more than $8.1 million in net donations from the Australian public, an 18% increase on the previous year.
A statement from the organisation says these funds will be distributed throughout 2005 across the developing world via the international aid agency's three main works - partnering local churches and communities; fostering local church leadership; and children in need.
National Director Fr Terry Bell said he is very pleased with the level of donations achieved.
"There are always many more people in need than we can help, so it is wonderful that more will now benefit from the generous spirit of Australians," he said.
All areas of donations increased but it was Catholic Mission's work for children that experienced the greatest growth (21%).
Using funds collected in Australia in 2003, Catholic Mission funded more than $6.6 million worth of projects last year. A total of 24 countries benefited from Australians funds with Papua New Guinea receiving the greatest amount at more than $1.12 million, followed by India ($385,892.48), Kazakhstan ($314,985) and Rwanda ($272,057.02). Other major beneficiaries included Uganda and the Solomon Islands.
Catholic Mission also supported its Home Mission Fund with $1.36 million used in large and sparsely populated dioceses across Australia. Broome (WA) was the largest recipient in 2004 receiving $800,000, followed by Darwin ($238,000).
Catholic Mission is present in all 28 dioceses across Australia, working with parishes and schools to achieve its goal of "Life for all".
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22 Mar 2005