Events Calendar


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 2015 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 2015. 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. All dates are provisional and subject to confirmation.

Sept 2015  Share your Skills with HOPE
Sept 2015  Annual Cork Lunch
Oct 2015  Annual London Lunch
Oct 2015  Day of HOPE
24 Oct – 1  Nov 2015  HOPE U Can Paint
24 Oct – 8 Nov 2015  HOPE Himalayan Walk
25 Oct – 4 Nov 2015  Yoga for HOPE

2 Nov – 9 Nov 2015  Street Photography Workshop | Kolkata
 All year round  HOPE Volunteer Placement Programme


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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


Run-A-Muck Challenge


Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon


Ballybunion Half Marathon


VHI Women’s Mini Marathon


Spar Great Ireland Run 10K, Junior & Mini


Cork City Marathon


ConneMarathon 2015


Waterford Viking Marathon


Ballybunion Half Marathon


Women’s Adventure Race


Virgin London Marathon


GaelForce West


West of Ireland Women’s Mini  Marathon


Dublin City Marathon


Great Limerick Run




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

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volunteer test

Full Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Phone number (required)

Address in Ireland (required)

Length of time you wish to volunteer for - Minimum 3 weeks (required)

Approximate dates you wish to volunteer for (required)

My main area of interest is (required)
 Education Recreational eg. Music, Drama, Art, Sport Childcare Healthcare Vocational Training Special Needs Other

Are you applying for a Work Placement for your college course? If so please give name of college and course (required)

Relevant experience (can have been gained through work or volunteering)

I confirm (required)
 I am over 18 years old > I am resident in Ireland > I am applying at least 3 months before my proposed placement > I am aware of the need to fundraise for a volunteering placement > I can commit to a period of at least 3 weeks in Kolkata > I would be available for an interview in Cork or Dublin

How did you hear about the Hope Foundation? (required)

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Céilí for HOPE with the Glenside Céilí Band – 16th March

The Glenside Céilí Band invites you to join them to attend a Céilí for HOPE on Monday, 16th March 2015. The evening will be taking place in Carnmore Community Centre, Galway and is being organised to raise funds for The Hope Foundation.


The Céilí will be a fantastic evening of music and dancing for a great cause. The night will run from 9pm to 12pm with tea, refreshments and a raffle during the break.

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Ticket Information:

Admission is €10 and for further details contact Sean Garvey on 086 032 0674 and by email at

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Rock for HOPE – 21st March

The concert, Rock for HOPE, is being organised by students and teachers at Cork Life Centre to raise funds for The Hope Foundation (HOPE), a Cork-based charity that works with street and slum children in Kolkata.


The concert will be a fantastic evening of music. Taking place on Saturday, 21 March 2015 in Blarney Street CBS, guests will be entertained by a number of local Cork bands including Goldfish Syndrome, The Unknowns, Lynda Cullen, Till 4 CA: Set Under Construction, Wildlife/Voltage and the Life Centre Choir.


In October 2014, two students from the Cork Life Centre visited Kolkata as part of an initiative supported by the Tomar Trust. The aim of the initiative was for the students of Cork Life Centre and Terence MacSwiney Community College to help paint the children’s homes and crèches in Kolkata and experience another culture.


HOPE Honorary Director, Maureen Forrest states, ‘we are thrilled to be involved with the Cork Life Centre and Rock for HOPE. Development education is central to HOPE so we were delighted to welcome students last year in Kolkata. It is great to see Irish students experience Indian culture. I know that both the Irish students and the children they met in Kolkata had a great experience.


As well as painting, the students visited the children’s projects, saw the work of HOPE first hand and spent time with the children. HOPE was chosen as the charity partner for this year’s Cork Life Concert to show the student’s appreciation for the time they spent with the children in Kolkata.


Cork Life Centre student Melissa O’Sullivan visited Kolkata last year and states, ‘Travel brings power and love into your life, the power to explore a new culture was amazing. I look forward to seeing Kolkata soon. I will never forget my experience, I love India.”


Ticket Information:

Tickets are available from Cork Life Centre and at the door on the night. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are priced at;

  • €10 for an adult (Over 16);
  • €5 for a child*; and
  • €20 for a family (2 adults and 2 children)

*Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
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Bhakti Fest of HOPE on 12/13 & 14 June 2015

A fanciful array of whimsical treasures awaits you to delight & behold by the river side in the ‘Fairy Garden at Beirnes of Battle Bridge’ on the border of Leitrim & Roscommon.
Remember to buy your golden ticket early to save money & to be part of the fairy dust & magic as tickets are quite limited at our cosy weekend festival.
Come out & play with us in the pretty garden! There’ll be fire dancers, acrobats, clowns, face painting, kids yoga, marquee, tipis, puppet making workshop, hoop artists, Kirtan, drumming, craft & fancy stalls, vegan & vegetarian food, Mehndi, tribal dance, art & craft workshops, yoga classes, camping, chill out zone, kids DJ, sound bath, evening music under the star lit sky!




Weekend Tickets

Weekend tickets are priced at €50 and cover entry for the entire weekends festivities.


Daily Tickets: 
Fri:  €20

Sat: €30

Camping €5 per pitch, 1st arrive 1st served, pay on the day, Friday 12th from 3pm to Saturday 13th June at 3pm.

(No admittance to set up camp pitch after 3pm on Saturday 13th June) 

Ticket Outlet: 

Tickets can be bought online at or from the following outlets

Paper Bag Princess, Market Yard, Carrick on Shannon,

Co. Leitrim.

Tara:  086 1526833

John: 086 8127536

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Food Demo at Ardkeen Quality Food Store in Waterford – 28th February

Spice up your Saturday with Green Saffron’s Oilve Kapil


Tantalise your taste buds at a Green Saffron Food Demonstration at The Ardkeen Quality Food Store in Waterford, on Saturday 28 February 2015, in aid of The Hope Foundation (HOPE).


The Ardkeen Quality Foodstore is hosting Olive Kapil of Green Saffron for a food demonstration and it promises to be a gastronomic journey of taste. Green Saffron, founded by Arun Kapil, is a multi-award-winning family business based in Cork and purveyors of the finest spices, rice, sauces and spice blends.


Colin Jephson, Managing Director of Ardkeen, Quality Food Store states, ‘We are delighted to welcome Olive Kapil to our store for what will be a very fun and informative food demonstration. Ardkeen is also pleased to announce that during the ten day promotion we will donate an extra €1 to HOPE for every sachet of Green Saffron’s Kolkata Chaap purchased in store. Students from the local Newtown School will be travelling with HOPE to Kolkata next month and we are thrilled to be able to raise awareness for this worthwhile charity’.


The event will begin at 11.30am and finish at 4.30pm. For more information please contact Ardkeen Quality Foodstore at 051 874620.


Ardkeen Quality Food Store is an independent food retailer. The family run business, established in 1967, specialises in sourcing the best fresh produce and local foods from artisan food producers that they know and trust.


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