Melbourne News

Beyond Black Saturday Report launch

Friday 8 March 2013

ON the evening of Tuesday 5 March, Archbishop Denis Hart presented the Beyond Black Saturday Report to Deputy Premier of Victoria, Peter Ryan.

The Beyond Black Saturday Report, prepared by the Archbishop’s Charitable Fund Bushfire Appeal Committee, describes how donations made to the Archbishop’s Charitable Fund Bushfire Appeal have been used to assist victims and contribute to the Black Saturday recovery effort.

In his address Archbishop Hart said “Our report Beyond Black Saturday is an account to you the people, of the many activities we were able to support through the generous donations and gestures of love and support to our suffering brothers and sisters."

He also paid tribute to the goodwill and generosity of Catholics and others from around Australia who contributed to the Archbishop's Bushfire Appeal after 2009.

The official report outlines how Catholic parish communities, schools, dioceses, organisations, movements, religious orders, families and individuals from all parts of Australia generously gave nearly $4 million to the Melbourne Archbishop's Charitable Fund Bushfire Appeal so that they could help survivors of the Black Saturday Bushfires. 

The Australian Catholic communities response to the Black Saturday 2009 National Disaster is one the best examples in recent years of the Catholic Church in Australia reaching out to assist communities in crisis.

"As the church we are a group within the community and we have a commitment to reach out into the community and contribute to it, and to do so humbly and generously,” Archbishop Hart said.

The assistance provided by donations to the Archbishop's Bushfire appeal in 2009 is ongoing and continues to supporting the survivors of Australia's worst national disaster.
Archbishop Hart said, "At these times of great testing and tragedy the community does draw together and draw on wonderful resources."