Events Calendar 2014


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HOPE Organised Events

Would you like to experience magical India and help children in need? Take part in one of HOPE’s many worthwhile programmes in 2014 and have a life-changing experience that will also support HOPE’s projects in Kolkata. Currently, The following HOPE programmes/events seen below are lined up for 2014. All programmes either take place in Kolkata or include visits to HOPE’s projects in Kolkata as part of the itinerary. Click on the trips below for further info or call 021 – 4292990 for more information.

11-19 Sept  HOPE Performance with a  Difference
19 Sept  Annual Cork Lunch
3 Oct  Annual London Lunch
17 Oct  Day of HOPE
25 Oct – 2  Nov  HOPE U Can Paint
25 Oct – 9 Nov  HOPE Himalayan Walk
26 Oct – 5 Nov  Yoga for HOPE

3rd November 2014 and 2nd February 2015  Street Photography Workshop | Kolkata 2014
 All year round  HOPE Volunteer Placement Programme


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Other Events (also see Challenge Events below)

With thanks to many supporters, numerous events take place throughout the year that you can participate in to support HOPE. From Pub Quiz’s to Fashion Shows there are many events that we would love to have you take part in. If you would like to take part or create your own event check out the links below or contact a member of staff on 021 – 4292990 for more information.

19th Feb  Registration for Flora Dublin City Marathon 
2nd March Alexandra College 5km Run
8th March Network Limerick Annual International Womens Day
28th March HOPE Fashion Show 
12th April International Day for Street Children 
May 4th Great Limerick Run
May 8th HOPE Golf Classic 
May 2014 Eat4Streetkids Campaign with Lily Higgins
May 23rd Dublin HOPE Lunch 2014


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Challenge Events 

Up for a challenge that can help make a difference? Then why not get involved with one of the numerous challenge events that take place in Ireland throughout the year.If you would like to take part in aid of HOPE or create your own event check out the links below or contact a member of staff on 021 – 4292990 for more information.


Anne Valley 5 Mile Challenge 2014


Bay Run Half Marathon


Spar Great Ireland Run 10K,  Junior & Mini


Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon


Paris Marathon 2014


Flora Women’s Mini Marathon


Connemarathon 2014


Cork City Marathon


Virgin London Marathon


Waterford Viking Marathon


Ballybunion Half Marathon


Dingle Marathon


Kildare Marathon 2014


Airtricity Dublin Marathon


West of Ireland Women’s Mini  Marathon




Great Limerick Run




* More programmes and events will be announced above as they are confirmed.

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Best Will in the World Week – 20th to 24th Oct

Consider HOPE when leaving a legacy during Best Will in World Week


The Hope Foundation is supporting Best Will in the World Week and asking people to consider HOPE when leaving a legacy in their will.


Best Will in the World Week takes place from Monday, 20 October until Friday, 24 October. During this week, participating solicitors from across Ireland will offer initial consultations for a flat fee of just €50 to people who are considering making a will or would like to amend an existing will. Organised by MyLegacy, which is an umbrella group of over 70 of Ireland’s favourite charities including HOPE, the campaign encourages people to avail of expert, impartial and independent advice on the importance of making a will, while also asking people to consider leaving a gift to charity.


HOPE Founder and Honorary Director, Maureen Forrest, stated that ‘HOPE is delighted to be involved in this great initiative, The Best Will in the World. ‘Providing for your family is vitally important but if you are in a position to leave a gift, please think of HOPE. For just 89 cent we can provide a child with a life changing vaccine and €5 can clothe, feed and educate a child for one week. Your legacy will make a huge difference to a child’s life in Kolkata.’


Making a will is easier, cheaper and more straightforward than people often think, while not having a will can cause problems, both legal and personal, that could be easily avoided. Best Will in the World Week gives people the chance to access effective and practical advice on making a will for a nominal fee, which could save on financial issues for loved ones later on. For a list of participating, solicitors please go to and

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Christmas at Castle Oliver – 6th to 21st Dec

‘Giving the gift of Hope, Santa books into Castle Oliver for a special visit this Christmas’




This Christmas you can be part of a wonderful festive month at Castle Oliver who are opening their doors to the public for a very special season of festive wonder and magic.


A letter has just arrived from the North Pole booking Mr and Mrs Santa Claus into the Castle for the Month of December over the weekends running up to Christmas from Saturday 6th finishing Sunday 21st.
Speaking of her excitement amidst major preparations in advance of the festivities, Emma Cormack said
`I am so looking forward to ‘Christmas at the Castle’. This is the first time we have ever hosted an event on this scale. We were delighted to partner with The Hope Foundation again following a very successful occasion last August, we aim to welcome you all to the Castle for what promises to be a wonderful Christmas season and of course to help bring alive the true spirit of Christmas’.

Christmas at the Castle will cater for the festive requirements of all ages. For those counting down the days to the arrival of the man in red they will enjoy a visit with Santa Claus. The children will then go on to enjoy heartwarming activities such as decorating of ginger bread men with more surprises while their parents enjoy a glass of mulled wine by the blazing open fires in the grandeur of the castle. Then the elves will take all visitors on a tour of the Castle to include the bedrooms where Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves will sleep during their stay.

For the first time at Castle Oliver there will be a traditional outdoor Christmas market for all ages with wonderful arts, crafts and food stalls for all to enjoy following their visit to the Castle. A spectacular light show has been planned by sponsors and lighting specialists LED Saver Ltd which is the first of it’s kind in Munster. The Castle and gardens will be lit up with various vibrant changing colours to remind Santa Claus of the Northern Lights at his home in the North Pole. 


The event will be running from Saturday 6th, sun 7th, sat 13th, sun 14th and sat 20th and sun 21st Dec 6 days only and it is advised to book fast to avoid disappointment.

Tickets for the event can be purchased from

Stalls for the Christmas market are limited and enquires to

For more information on the event or to book a stall at the Christmas market please contact Charlotte on 087 3666937 or Emma on 063 91826



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Day of Hope – You Can Make A Difference

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Day of HOPE Fri. 17 Oct. 2014

You can make a difference!
Help us to sell HOPE Butlers Chocolate Bars and you could save a child’s life.

Its back- The Hope Foundations National Day of HOPE is just around the corner and we want you to get involved!

Last year, with your help we raised a whopping €30,000 for HOPE projects in Kolkata through the sale of our HOPE Butlers chocolate bars and this year we hope to raise even more!

This year our National Day of HOPE will take place on Friday October 17th and we need YOUR help to make this campaign even bigger and better than before!

There are lots of ways to get involved this year. You could join us in Dublin City Centre, Limerick, Cork and Galway on Friday October 17th as a HOPE Chocolate Fundraiser and help us to sell our bars in one of our numerous locations. Maybe your company, school or college might like to get involved and hold a ‘HOPE day’ in your office or canteen? Perhaps you would like to take part in your hometown and organise your own HOPE day by selling our HOPE bars with a group of your friends or colleagues?

However you would like to get involved this year we would love to hear from you. You can sign up to take part as a Chocolate Fundraiser or order your bars for your company/school/college!

Please Contact:

Dublin Office - Jayann at 01-8716930 or email

Cork Office – Padraig at 021 4292990 or email

Limerick – Charlotte at

Watch the video below to hear why HOPE Ambassador Christopher Biggins is joining us this year!

Join the campaign today! Each bar of chocolate sold could immunise a child against a life threatening disease.

Imagine: by simply selling (or buying!) a bar of HOPE Butlers Chocolate, you will make a difference to a child’s life!


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Rave & Shine – 1st October

Humans have been dancing since the dawn of time. Come along and enjoy our sober style of clubbing.


Come along to a DJ assisted ‘Rave’ with the fantastic Stevie Grainger of Corks RedFM 104-106 and DJ Ben Noonan playing fun, uplifting and happy songs to get your body and mind moving, set you in a good mood for the day ahead. A large, open, airy space full of morning light and joy.

There will be healthy breakfast options, yoga, massages, hair styling bar, chillout area, circus performers, dancers and more.

Tickets: €10 for adults, kids go free. Tickets are limited so get them quick!

Everyone welcome from ‘Babies to OAPs’

Dress to sweat!

Ample, free parking. Showers and changing facilities.



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Satsanga for HOPE – 5th October

As part of HOPE’s Yoga for children 2014 there will be a fundraising Satsanga on Sunday 5th October at Dublin’s beautiful Iveagh Gardens. A Satsanga in Indian philosophy is a company with an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth. This typically involves listening to or reading scriptures, reflecting on, discussing and assimilating their meaning, meditating on the source of these words, and bringing their meaning into one’s daily life.


This special event promises to be a unique, uplifting and inspiring day with proceeds helping HOPE’s projects in Kolkata.


Satsanga – Yoga for Hope day at 5th of October 2014 Program:

11:30 am – Meeting time on main lawn.
12 pm – Traditional Shivam Yoga practice (bring your mat).
12:50 pm – Session of Yoga Poses Photographies individually and in Group with the Photographer Nigel Hanlon.
13:20 pm – PUJA for Vegetarian Picnic – Everyone, please, will bring some savoury vegetarian dish
and water or juice to be shared.
13:30 pm – Music with a professional Brazilian Musician, that just arrived in Dublin, from Northeast of Brazil – Alagoas State. Raul Viana on this meanwhile will sing the best classical songs ever of MPB (Popular Brazilian Music) and Bossa Nova.
14:00 – Chanting Mantras to finalize this first Yoga for Hope


For more information visit the event Facebook page HERE.


All donations will go directly to the HOPE foundation to help with their various programs being run in Kolkata.
For additional information on Yoga for HOPE, please, visit:




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