Ex-Raider is this year’s face of Project Compassion
By John McLaurin
Photos: Nicole Clements – Caritas
FORMER Canberra Raiders footballer and St Edmund's College student, ‘Madge’ Maguire, is the face of this year’s Project Compassion campaign.
The 2014 South Sydney Rabbitohs premiership coach will be in the ACT for the project launch at on Shrove Tuesday at St Mary Mackillop College on Shrove Tuesday.
Mr Maguire will be joined at the launch by Sr Ivy Khoury. Together they will seek to raise both awareness and also funds for the project.
Later in the evening from 6pm onwards, the duo will be at St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre promoting Caritas Kitchen – a new social justice initiative by Caritas in the Archdiocese.
Last year Mr Maguire was introduced to the work of Caritas Australia and his supporting role has continued into 2018.
In his time with the organisation he has hosted the Kinchella Boys Home at Redfern Oval and spoke on the East Africa Food Crisis, while last October he travelled to Zimbabwe to visit three of the Caritas funded programs.
His sojourn to Canberra this month includes a further Catholic schools visit to Holy Spirit Parish Gungahlin on Ash Wednesday.
Over the two days in the ACT he will share his experiences, particularly his time spent in Zimbabwe - the focus country for this year’s Project Compassion campaign.
Lulu Mitshabu, Director for Caritas in the Archdiocese, said she is delighted to be welcoming someone of Mr Maguire’s calibre.
“The Year of Youth in the Church brings with it much excitement and potential,” she said.
“The schools really get behind this and I think we can look forward to more good works amongst the next generation.
“By raising money and awareness for the vulnerable in the world, you can share the joy far beyond your table and community."
Mrs Mitshabu and her team are encouraging as many people as possible to attend the Caritas Kitchen on the evening of February 13.
She is asking for those attending to leave a RSVP message at the link http://my.caritasfundraising.org.au/LuluMitshabu2018 to confirm their attendance.
Those who aren’t able to make it but still want to contribute, can donate to the cause via the same link.
Mrs Mitshabu, whose area also takes in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga, says parishes and schools can expect to receive their Project Compassion boxes from Ash Wednesday onwards.
She was thrilled with last year’s response in the Archdiocese and remains confident that a similar figure of $359,492.00 can be achieved. “This year we are funding five programs in Zimbabwe,” she said.
“These include Integrated Community Development Programs in the dioceses of Gweru, Gokwe and Hwange. These programs support the most poor and vulnerable.”
Caritas Australia also supports Caritas Zimbabwe to assist all of the eight dioceses in the country with capacity building activities so that the staff are qualified to implement and monitor their programs.
Caritas Australia provides Zimbabwe with:
• Safe and clean water.
• Nutritional gardens in communities and schools.
• Latrines at schools and people’s homes.
• Dip tanks for livestock to prevent tick fever and all types of diseases.
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