In solidarity with the world’s most marginalised, Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) together with Caritas Australia participated in the Chevron City to Surf last Sunday to raise money and awareness for Caritas’ aid and development work.
Kim Hodgson, CYM Events Coordinator said the “City to Surf was a great opportunity for young Catholics and the staff at Catholic Youth Ministry to step out and put their faith in action by raising money and awareness for those that experience poverty and injustice. I was inspired by the number of young people who joined the team and enthusiastically took Kilometres for Compassion to the street.”
Caritas Australia works in partnership with local communities in 35 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and with Australia’s First Peoples. Caritas Australia provides a beacon of hope for millions of children, women and men in times of hardship and contributes to the development of social justice in times of peace.
For many Caritas supporters the Chevron City to Surf is an opportunity to train for a healthier body and mind, to meet like-minded individuals within their community, but also to take action in their own way to tackle global injustices.
Natalie Weir, Caritas Fundraising and Promotions Officer WA and fellow runner, is extremely grateful for the support from CYM and Servite College and is overwhelmed by the generosity of their supporters.
“I am not a runner so this was a big challenge for me both physically and mentally. Working with Caritas for over eight months now, I have learnt about what others have to go through each day simply to survive. Helping the poorest of the poor was my drive; to not only make it to that finish line but to also raise awareness and vital funds to help change the lives of the people Caritas Australia works with around the world.”
Caritas Australia, Catholic Youth Ministry and Servite College have worked together in solidarity to raise over $6,500 to support the poorest of the poor.