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In November 2002 Archbishop Adrian Doyle set up a charitable foundation, Samaritan Projects, to enable him to respond with speed and certainty to help Tasmanians in times of special need.
Samaritan Projects has a register of supporters, whose membership subscriptions, as well as bequests and donations, for the basis of its financial resources. A crisis fund of $10,000 is maintained at all times so the Archbishop can respond immediately to community emergencies.
Since its establishment, Samaritan Projects has helped a wide range of organisations, such as Bethlehem House, Loui’s Van and the St Vincent de Paul Society, as well as individuals in times of crisis. A specific example was the financial support provided to people who suffered loss and hardship as a result of the devastating bushfires on Tasmania’s East Coast in late 2006.
The Samaritan Projects foundation continues to rely on the generosity and support of Tasmania’s Catholic Community, as well as other individuals and organisations from around Australia. Recommended annual supporter donations are $25 for individuals, $50 for families, $5 for children and $100 for business organisations.
These recommended donations are only a guide and any donation will be gratefully accepted. The act of making a contribution is seen as being of greater importance than the actual amount given.
Donations can be made to Samaritan Projects Tasmania or, if a tax deductible donation is preferred, to Samaritan Projects Welfare. To make a donation by cheque please use this Samaritan Projects Donation Form (pdf) or donate online here.