Catholic church to donate $300,000 to CASA

The Courier

April 19, 2019

By Greg Gliddon

BALLARAT’S Catholic Diocese is donating $300,000 to the Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA), to help the service work with abuse survivors across the city.

Earlier this month it was announced the Ballarat branch of CASA will receive $700,000 in State Government funding as part of a statewide $5 million commitment over two years.

The church’s commitment will see that funding now lift to $1 million over two years which it hopes will assist hundreds of people living with the stigma of sexual assault.

Diocese business manager Andrew Jirik said the church had been seeking a way to support CASA.

“We’ve been supporting victims through various avenues, but it was opportune two weeks ago when we heard about the funding the state government had given CASA’s throughout Victoria, so it was timely to see if we could top that off,” Mr Jirik said.

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