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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Gifts of HOPE – Christmas Appeal


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Looking for a special and unique gift that really means something to give to a loved one? A gift of HOPE could be the perfect gesture.


Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh and 3e Weather Presenter Deric Hartigan today launched the Christmas Gifts of HOPE Appeal in aid of The Hope Foundation (HOPE), an Irish charity working with street and slum children of Kolkata, India.


HOPE Ambassadors Maria and Deric are asking people to chose a Gift of HOPE for their family, colleagues and teachers, and make a real difference to a child’s life this Christmas. Gifts range from €5 for a pair of shoes, to a life-changing gift of €250 sponsoring a child’s education for a year and can be purchased from the HOPE website.

Not only will you put a smile on their faces but you will be helping children and families in desperate need in Kolkata and nearby villages.

Speaking about Gifts of HOPE, Deric stated, ‘Having recently travelled as an Ambassador with HOPE to Kolkata; I have witnessed and experienced first-hand the true meaning of poverty and desperation, in a city where you have to fight to survive. HOPE provides a vital life-line and a second chance to the street children who have sadly become the forgotten generation of our time. Please support HOPE’s 2014 Christmas Gift Of HOPE campaign and spread their message of HOPE this festive season, because in order to make a change; you have got to become a part of the change’.


Rose of Tralee Maria, who also visited Kolkata recently, believes ‘that even a small donation will make a difference to a child’s life this Christmas. Please think of HOPE when you are buying gifts this Christmas. The children are born on to the streets, never knowing the comfort and security of a safe home. HOPE are on the ground making a difference to each child but they need our help to continue.’


Giving a Gift of HOPE is one ways to reach out to these children and vulnerable families and make a positive difference to their lives.


Gifts start at €5 and you can choose from 5 categories: A Gift of Education, Gift to Rural Family, Gift of Healthcare, Training for Work and long term Life Changing Gifts.


People of all ages welcome a gift that goes on giving to a child in need. Please consider Gifts of HOPE for Christmas


Small steps make a difference, no gift is too small.

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Michelin Star chef Kevin Thornton hosts Fundraiser for HOPE – 26th Nov

On Wednesday, the 26th of November, Kevin Thornton, of Thornton’s Restaurant, Dublin 2, will be coming to Alexandra College for a cooking demonstration in aid of the Hope Foundation.


Kevin Thornton is known as Ireland’s highest achieving chef and he was the first Irish chef to achieve two Michelin stars. He is widely recognised as the great philosopher of Irish food. His food is based around the seasons, fresh local produce and the food of his childhood, Thornton’s restaurant has won every major food award nationally, internationally and continues to set the standard of Irish food.


Please join us next week for this exciting opportunity to see one of Ireland’s greatest chefs at work, and support this worthy cause.

Tickets: €20

Time: 7pm

Location: Concourse of Alexandra College, Dublin

Please email Julie Ryan on  to reserve your place. 

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Seo Linn perform at Christmas at Castle Oliver – 6th Dec

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On opening night Saturday December 6th we are excited to announce that there will be an exclusive performance by online Youtube superstars of TG Lurgan band Seo Linn.  Keith, Stiofán, Jenny, Daithí, Kevin, Conor and Cathal (Seo Linn) are multi instrumentalists playing modern trad with a large pop/dance influence meshing strong straight forward percussion beats and dance melodies with trad instruments including versions of bands such as Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay to name a few.

They shot to fame last year when they became an overnight sensation after clocking up 2 million YouTube hits in just over a week with their stunning Irish version arrangement of TG Lurgan V Avicii – Wake Me Up and they are releasing their new single D’Aon Ghuth Amháin means Of One Voice and is Seo Linn’s new single out November 14th 2014. As of today there are almost 5 million views of the Avicii video alone.

2014 has been busy for Seo Linn with TV appearances and a brace of sold out shows all over the country and in America,  an album in production preceded by the single “D’Aon Ghuth Amháin”which will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Shazam to name a few.

For one very special evening and to welcome in the festivities at the Castle Seo Linn will perform a very intimate gig to a limited number of people in the Castle Ballroom in aid of The Hope Foundation. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy an incredible talent in a beautiful setting with the Christmas lights and trees  all over the castle providing a once in a lifetime ambience.  Speaking about their excitement to be back playing in Munster, band member and singer Stiofan O’Farrell said.

‘Tá muid ar bís as cuireadh a fháil dlúthghig leithleasach a chasadh ag Caisleán Oliver ar an 6ú lá de mhí na Nollag.Tá muid ag tnúth go mór leis an gCaisleán álainn stairiúil a fheiceáil agus páirt a ghlacadh in ocáid fíorspeisialta! Ta clú agus cáil ar an Hope Foundation i ngeall ar an obair fhíormheasúil atá á dhéanamh acu ar chúlsraideanna suaracha Kolkata agus ba mhaith linn ár dtacaíocht a thaispeáint don dul chun cinn agus don fhorbairt daonna atá ar bun acu ann. Beidh sé ina oíche den scoth agus is fada linn ar fad é!’

“We are extremely excited to be afforded the opportunity the play a very intimate exclusive gig in Castle Oliver on the 6th of December. We are very much excited to perform in the ballroom of this prestigious castle, steeped in history. The Hope Foundation is famous for its reputable work in the slums of Kolkata and we are delighted to show our support for the development and progress achieved thus far. It will be a fantastic night and we are very much looking forward to it!”


For bookings contact Charlotte at or phone 087 3666937

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Free Charity App launched for Transition Year Students

Free Charity App launched for Transition Year Students



The Hope Foundation today launched a free development education app, The Hope Foundation App, for Irish Secondary School Students across Ireland. The Hope Foundation App allows students and teachers to easily access information on HOPE’s Development Education Programme and volunteer initiatives. It is available to download free to an iPhone from the

Apple AppStore.


The Hope Foundation (HOPE) is an Irish charity supporting overseas development and tackling humanitarian issues in Kolkata, India. HOPE run a Development Education Programme available to all Irish schools which includes support for a number of Secondary School initiatives including the Civil, Social and Political Education course, the Young Social Innovators and the Transition Year Mini Company. HOPE also run a Transition Year (TY) Immersion Programme in which transition year students travel to Kolkata and visit the HOPE projects such as their child shelters and education centres.


The App was developed by first year UCC Computer Science student and former HOPE TY Immersion Programme student, Fergal Eccles.


Fergal Eccles stated ‘I visited Kolkata as part of the HOPE TY Immersion Programme with Ashton College, Cork and saw first-hand the work that HOPE do with the street children in Kolkata. When I returned to Ireland I was eager to help the charity in any way I could. The App gives students all the information they need to know about HOPE, it is a source of information for students in transition year and it shows them different ways in which they can volunteering’


Speaking about the launch of the App, HOPE Honorary Director, Maureen Forrest said ‘we are delighted to be able to spread HOPE’s message through a new digital platform and delighted to have Fergal, a committed volunteer of HOPE, to help us. As Development Education becomes a growing area of investment for Irish Charities, HOPE believes that expanding into the mobile app market will enable more student to be aware of the various ways in which they can support an international charity during their formative school years’


The app is currently available to download for free on iOS from the Apple AppStore. An Android version of the App will be available shortly.


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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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