Lasallian schools across Australia and New Zealand have been enthusiastically supporting Caritas' annual Project Compassion campaign, raising vital funds for disadvantaged communities in Papua New Guinea, Laos and Cambodia.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Lenten fundraiser which has been a pivotal part of the religious education curriculum for generations of Catholic school students.
The theme of Project Compassion this year is "Learning More, Creating Change" as school students focus on how education, training and sharing knowledge can empower individuals and communities and transform lives.
John Paul College Rotorua has been selected as the lead school in New Zealand for the annual Caritas challenge on 5 April.
The college will host a sporting contest involving Catholic schools across the Diocese of Hamilton, with fundraising from this year's event going directly towards assisting communities in Cambodia to access good health facilities and a decent education.
At Southern Cross Catholic College at Scarborough in Queensland, all four campuses have been enthusiastically supporting the Project Compassion fundraiser.
Year 6 students at the Brisbane school organised a Coin Line for Caritas with each class competing to form the longest line of coins to go towards needy communities.
Southern Cross College students have also participated in a Caritas Just Leadership Day in which the aid agency brings together students from different schools who want to assume leadership roles in fundraising during Lent.
In Perth, La Salle College Middle Swan has turned its attention towards assisting communities in Papua New Guinea's Highlands region and the remote Indigenous community of Djilpin in the Northern Territory.
St Michael's College in Adelaide is focusing its Project Compassion campaign on Laos where funds will go towards helping students with a disability, while Casimir College in Sydney has organised a daily collection through homerooms for Caritas.