Project Compassion Launches for 2023

The Year 9 Just Leadership students were fortunate to attend a special online launch of Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion appeal, along with other Catholic schools in Western Australia. Servite College hosted the event, which included a short liturgy and various workshops. As the launch took place on Shrove Tuesday, we were treated to some delicious pancakes for morning tea!

This year’s theme for Project Compassion is ‘For the Future Generations,’ which we found to be very appropriate. We believe it is essential for people of our generation to understand how Project Compassion can make a difference in the lives of individuals, both now and in the future.

During the workshops, we were asked to brainstorm ways to promote Project Compassion and describe in one word why we help. We chose ‘empathy’. Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of another, and by feeling the pain or struggles of others, we are inspired to help them.

We felt privileged to hear from Caritas Australia’s CEO, Kristy Robertson, who shared her first-hand experiences working with Project Compassion. One story that particularly resonated with us was Laxmi’s. Laxmi lost her father at a young age and was at risk of falling into extreme poverty. However, with the support of Caritas, she joined a child’s club and is now mentoring other girls in her village.

Kristy also shared that she used to donate her own pocket money as a child and is now proud to see her own son doing the same. We hope that this cycle of giving will continue for future generations.

We strongly encourage everyone to support Caritas’ work by donating $10.00 to their Homeroom’s Project Compassion box.

Liv Rijavec & Alyssa Stipinovic, Year 9

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