|Help Vanuatu through Project Compassion - 24 March 2015|
Lourdes Hill College has a proud record of supporting the work of Caritas Australia through donations to Project Compassion, having raised $60,000 over the last three years. With news reports highlighting the destruction in Vanuatu caused by Cyclone Pam, it is comforting to know that our donations have helped to ensure that an immediate humanitarian response is possible.
Caritas Australia has an excellent network already set up in Vanuatu. As well as a Caritas office in Port Vila, they have a number of development partners in the region and strong ties through local churches. Caritas also has an emergency disaster fund already established meaning money is immediately available to provide help to those in need.
Stephanie Lalor, Pacific Programs Manager for Caritas Australia, said, “The church has a valuable role to play in responding to disasters like this one which often impact vulnerable communities the most. That’s why the ongoing work in the region to support communities to reduce the risk to natural disasters such as Cyclone Pam is so important.”
Once again, LHC students have responded generously and creatively to Project Compassion in 2015. There have been coin lines, coin art, raffles, dip sales, bake sales, buskers, lolly guessing, even jewellery sales...and so far we have banked over $7000.
Our students (and their families) are very generous but we are facing an unexpected problem. Thanks to our fabulous cashless tuckshop, many students no longer carry cash. It takes an extra effort for many to bring in money for Caritas. Any support that families can give to encourage such donations would be a greatly appreciated.
Deputy Principal - Mission