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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. 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
25 Oct – 9 Nov 2015  HOPE Himalayan Walk
25 Oct – 4 Nov 2015  Yoga for HOPE

2 February 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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International Women’s Day Luncheon – 6th March

Former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton to visit Limerick as JJ O’Toole Ltd  host  a unique ‘International Women’s Day Luncheon’ in aid of  The Hope Foundation on Friday 6th March 2015 at The Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare 


Tickets for this amazing event are priced at €75.00 and can be purchased through HOPE’s online shop HERE


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Michelin Star chef Kevin Thornton hosts Fundraiser for HOPE – 11th Feb

On Wednesday, the 11th of February, 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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Rose of Tralee visits St Angela’s College, Cork, with HOPE

The Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh, recently visited students in St Angela’s College, Cork to launch The Hope Foundation’s Transition Year Programme for 2015.

Since 2003, the Hope Foundation (HOPE) has been working with secondary schools across Ireland through their Development Education Programme. Each year hundreds of Irish transition year students visit the HOPE projects in India bearing witness to the extreme poverty on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata and visiting the HOPE homes and projects. In February, ten students and two teachers from St Angela’s College will visit Kolkata, India for a week with HOPE. Maria visited these students in advance of their visit to share her experiences during her time in Kolkata in November 2014.

HOPE Ambassador Maria Walsh states, ‘HOPE’s Immersion Programme gives students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of another country and learn about Indian life from Indian students. The children in Kolkata are born on to the streets, never knowing the comfort and security of a safe home. But there is a light at the end of tunnel. During my visit I saw that by providing a home, medicine, clothing and education, HOPE are making a difference to each child and helping them create a future for themselves and their community’


During 2015, the European Year of Development, HOPE will be focussing on the Rights of the Child. As part of the visit in February, HOPE will facilitate a debate between the students from St Angela’s College and students from an Indian school on social and cultural issues, including the rights of the child. Students will also learn about development issues in India and return from their visit with a new understanding of the work of development organisations.

Former TY Programme participants Ciara Desmond and Andrea Bruton, from St Angela’s College, state, ‘The visit raised our awareness and appreciation for other cultures and the difficulties they face on a daily basis. We visited HOPE children’s homes and the HOPE hospital. Everywhere we went in Kolkata we met new people that touched our hearts. The children in Kolkata received the gifts we brought and experience but more importantly, our friendship. It was easily the best eight days of our life. There really aren’t any words to describe the time that we shared in Kolkata.’



To find out how schools and students can get involved with HOPE see and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @HopeFoundation.

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Thank You for Your Support in 2014

As we prepare to look forward to all that 2015 brings us, we want to take this opportunity to send a very warm and heartfelt thank you to all our friends and supporters for your generosity and dedication over the past year in helping us to provide a better future for the street and slum children of Kolkata. We couldn’t do what we do for these children were it not for your generosity of spirit, time and contributions and for that we are truly grateful.

We have been so lucky, and are so grateful, for the wonderful supporters who allow us to make such a positive change in the world. This year has seen visitors to Kolkata on one our various groups: Performance With a Difference, HOPE U Can Paint, Yoga for HOPE, HOPE Himalayan Walk and Mark Carey’s Streetphotography! We have also been lucky to have had more dedicated volunteers come and help us on our projects and the school students who have travelled to Kolkata through HOPE’s Immersion Programme. Support comes in many forms though, and we are extremely grateful to all those who have supported us through fundraising, sponsorphip, donations and many other ways.

Your support is greatly appreciated, especially by the children of Kolkata for who you have made such a difference. We wish you all the very best for the year ahead and hope that it is a year filled with health, happiness and prosperity.

Best wishes,
The Hope Foundation


For those looking to get involved with HOPE’s work in 2015, which is the European Year for Development, please visit Get Involved or HOPE Trips to see what you can do.

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Experience India with HOPE in 2015

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. So far, the following HOPE programmes 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 for further info or call 021 – 4292990.

Share Your Skills with HOPE September 2015

HOPE U Can Paint  24 October – 1  November 2015

HOPE Himalayan Walk 25 October – 9 November 2015

Yoga for HOPE 25 October – 4 November 2015

Street Photography Workshop 2 February 2015 

HOPE Volunteer Placement Programme All year round

More programmes will be announced as they are confirmed.

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