Melbourne News

Catholics still supporting Black Saturday survivors

Friday 1 March 2013

Pictures Casamento Photography

THE Archbishop’s Charitable Fund Bushfire Appeal Committee met for the last time this week. 
The Appeal was established by the Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart after the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. The intention from the beginning was to provide long term recovery assistance to bushfire survivors; assistance that would continue to support individuals, families and rebuild communities long after emergency response services had left.  Four years later, CatholicCare continues to provide support services to survivors using funds
provided by the bushfire appeal.
Acknowledging the great generosity of Australia’s Catholics at the meeting, the Archbishop said the Catholic communities support of bushfire communities was one of the best things the
Catholic community had done in recent years in reaching out to the community.
Sir James Gobbo, Chair of the Appeal Committee presented the Archbishop with the committee’s
report Beyond Black Saturday 2009 - 2012 on how appeal funds have been used. Sir James told
the Archbishop that he felt privileged to Chair the committee and he thanked the Archbishop for his trust.

The Report Beyond Black Saturday 2009 - 2012 describes the services and projects made possible by the generosity of the Australian Catholic community. It can be read at
Photo 1 Sir James Gobbo, Archbishop Denis Hart DD and Fergus Ryan AO

Photo 2 Sir James Gobbo AC, CVO, Archbishop Denis Hart DD, Janet Cribbes, Fr Joe Caddy and Fr Greg Bourke