Dear Parents & Caregivers,

The season of Lent brings with it Project Compassion, the annual fundraising appeal of Caritas Australia. Traditionally Marian Catholic College has made Caritas our focus for Term One fundraising, and we are really excited about getting involved again this year. Accompanying this letter is a Project Compassion donation box and a Caritas brochure explaining their plans for this year.

Social justice initiatives are a significant part of the Marian Catholic College Community, with these initiatives being grounded in Catholic Social Teaching (CST), in particular, the Dignity of the Human Person. Scripture makes it clear that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God and this radical claim is the source of our belief in the inviolable dignity of the human person, the cornerstone of all CST.

Lent begins today with Ash Wednesday, and as Lent is a time of preparation for the season of Easter, we are called as Christians to be mindful of those who are not as fortunate as ourselves. We are asked especially at this time to think of something we may be able to do without in order to help someone else. This may take the form of a financial contribution to charity, or may involve volunteering our services to a charity that works to improve the lives of others. There will be opportunities at Marian for students to get involved in social justice endeavours during the season of Lent.

The theme for Project Compassion this year is ‘Go Further Together’, exploring the principle of ‘the common good’. We will be focusing on Cambodia, specifically raising money for families to purchase chicks so they can cultivate them to help build a more just future for themselves, their families and their communities. For $1 we can buy one chick, so all colour houses will be competing to see who can buy the most chicks! For more than 50 years Caritas Australia has worked together with our neighbours in Australia and around the world to combat poverty, promote justice and uphold human dignity. Through education, training and sharing knowledge, individuals and communities are empowered to transform their futures and create lasting change.

Families who choose to contribute via the Project Compassion Boxes are asked to return the money to the school office before the end of term. Alternatively, boxes can be returned to your local Catholic parish when you attend the Easter services, or donations can be sent directly to Caritas Australia. More information about Caritas Australia and Project Compassion can be found at www.caritas.org.au

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs Meg Thomas
Social Justice Leader