Bishop of Sale launches Project Compassion

Photo: Catholic Bishop of Sale, Greg Bennet (centre} launches the annual Caritas Project Compassion appeal in the Diocese of Sale. Back row from left: Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale, Mr Paul Velten, Caritas Australia Communications Manager Ms Nicole Dobrohotoff, student leaders Samuel King of Catholic College Sale, Dinisty Francis of Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College Leongatha, Bajko Jackson of Nagle College Bairnsdale, Zizi Pozzebon of Marist-Sion College Warragul, Isabelle Michaelides of St Angela of the Cross Primary School Warragul and Grace Ruhsbury of St Ita’s Primary School Drouin. Front row from left: Anatasia Day of Lavalla Catholic College Traralgon, Alanah Spyrou of St Peter’s College Cranbourne, Bishop of Sale Greg Bennet, Charlotte McKenna of St Joseph’s Primary School Warragul, and Tahlia Pedemont of St Joseph’s Primary School Trafalgar.

Catholic Bishop of Sale, Greg Bennet joined students, teachers, and guests from school and parish communities to mark the beginning of Lent and to officially launch this year’s Project Compassion appeal in the Diocese of Sale.

Each year during the season of Lent, Project Compassion brings together thousands of Australian schools and parishes to stand in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable communities to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

The theme of Project Compassion 2024 is For All Future Generations, and reinforces the message that what we do today can have an impact for all future generations.

Over the six weeks of Lent, parishes and Catholic schools are encouraged to donate and host fundraisers in the name of Project Compassion. Funds raised will support Caritas’ work in assisting vulnerable and needy communities both in Australia and overseas.

Student leaders from six Catholic Secondary Colleges and four Catholic primary schools in the Diocese of Sale joined the launch. Each received a Caritas candle to take back to their schools, presented by Bishop Greg Bennet and Caritas Australia’s Ms Nicole Dobrohotoff.

Following the launch. Bishop Greg joined students, staff and guests for the traditional Shrove Tuesday pancakes. Students in schools across the Diocese also got into the spirit of Project Compassion holding pancake stalls in their schools to fundraise and mark Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday when the period of Lent begins.

The Lenten season is observed as a period of reflection and self-discipline, commemorating the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in preparation for the celebration of Easter.

Those wanting to support Project Compassion can download resources or join a Mission in Action Webinar to learn more about Caritas Australia’s development programs at

To donate, look out for Project Compassion donation boxes in schools and parishes, visit the Caritas website, or call 1800 024 413 toll free.


Catholic Bishop of Sale, Greg Bennet commissioned student leaders to share the message of Project Compassion to their schools.