Pancakes to be flipped for Project Compassion

Students from Catholic schools and businesses around Australia will be flipping pancakes today to mark the beginning of Project Compassion and Lent.

Pancakes are traditionally made and eaten on Shrove Tuesday, at the beginning of Lent, as a way of using up rich foods before fasting. Many Catholic schools, parishes and businesses around Australia also use this tasty activity as a way to signal the start of their Lenten giving.

A Caritas statement reports that Felicity (pictured) enjoys getting involved in a pancake event because it's fun and focuses the community on helping those in need.

"Project Compassion is the largest fundraising event for aid and development in Australia. To ensure that those living in poverty can look forward to a brighter future this year, Caritas Australia needs your support," said Jack de Groot, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia.

"Our goal is to raise $8 million, nationwide - but we can't reach that goal without help from people all over Australia," he said.

"The people of Australia are terrific. They know how to put compassion into action. Whether this is done through the flipping of pancakes, the collection of donations or the discovery that millions of people are living in poverty, the main thing is that they are aware of the need to improve the lives of those living in poverty", he said.

Donations can be made to Project Compassion by phoning 1800 024 413, online at www.caritas.org.au or by posting your cheque to GPO Box 9830 in your capital city.

Flipping pancakes for Project Compassion

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Caritas Australia - Project Compassion

Caritas issues last minute Project Compassion reminder (CathNews 23/3/05)
Premier Carr calls Caritas a 'voice of calm' (CathNews 10/2/05)
Lent at a time of tsunami (CathNews 9/2/05)
Lenten appeal to use resources out of love, not fear (CathNews 24/2/04)
Pell launching major Caritas appeal with peace call (CathNews 5/3/03)
Caritas appeal launch highlights refugees' hour of need (CathNews 13/2/02)

Project Compassion: 'sense of great hope' (Catholic Weekly 26/2/06)

28 Feb 2006