Project Compassion has begun and Cathedral Elementary School is on board | western avocado


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Ash Wednesday, March 2, marked the start of Caritas Australia’s Compassion Project 2022, an initiative that empowers people to help those in need. A number of schools and parishes in the Diocese of Bathurst, including Cathedral Catholic Elementary School, will be holding fundraisers in the weeks leading up to Easter to raise money for the Compassion Project. “I think we’re all in a world where we’re bombarded with whatever happens, whether it’s a pandemic [or] whether it is a war in Ukraine,” said Caritas Diocesan Director Josh Clayton. ALSO MAKE THE NEWS: Have you noticed that your groceries have increased? You are not alone “There are a lot of people who are in a lot of pain and we see it all the time, but sometimes we can feel a little helpless. “I know some schools have done things like shaving teachers’ beards…to make a little extra money and that’s always fun, but it also draws attention to those really important things.” Focus areas for this year’s project will be struggling communities in Australia and overseas. To determine where the funds are going, Caritas Australia works with governments and other groups to identify the areas most in need at any given time. ALSO MAKING NEWS: Bathurst Arts Trail is set to return this weekend, with many artists involved One of the communities that will benefit from this year’s project are First Nations Australians living in the Northern Territory. “The Compassionate Project is one of those things where we can give money to people who really don’t have as much as we do,” Mr Clayton said. “Being able to reach out and give someone a helping hand so they can live a better life when their country has been invaded or they have had polio.” ALSO MAKE NEWS: Bathurst Autofest to be held over four days for the first time Mr Clayton said student involvement was really important as it is an eye opener on how lucky children living in Bathurst are compared to some children other parts of the world. “It makes us appreciate more what we have and the gifts we have received,” Mr. Clayton said. “If more people can understand that the world isn’t exactly the same as Bathurst, and even Bathurst has its own challenges, then I think we’ll be in a better place.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:



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