2022 is HOPE’s sixth year as a charity partner of The Calcutta Run. Now celebrating it’s 24th year, the Legal Fundraiser has raised €4.6 million in that time.

The fundraiser was originally the idea of Eoin MacNeill and Joe Kelly of A&L Goodbody. In January 1999, Eoin and Joe approached the Law Society to explore ways of bringing the legal profession together to create an annual fundraising event to support homeless children in Ireland and in Calcutta. They met with Ken Murphy, who introduced them to Cillian MacDomhnaill and the idea of Calcutta Run was born! Eoin, Joe and Cillian are still centrally involved in the Calcutta Run today.

Spurred by the success of the inaugural run in 1999, the event has grown from strength to strength and now accommodates walkers, runners, cyclists, soccer players and tennis players, with events taking place in Dublin, New York, and Cork!

Over 1,500 people took part in 2019, raising an incredible €300,000. The same amount again was raised when over 1,000 people took part virtually throughout Ireland within their 5k limit. An incredible achievement and something to be proud of by the legal profession.

The aim is to raise this amount again in 2022. With extra effort from all the firms and individuals involved they think they can do it and we’re sure they can!

The significant funds from the run go to support three of HOPE’s projects: Bhorukha Snehneer Protection Home, Kasba Girls Home and the Emergency Response Unit in Kolkata.

During the course of the partnership, members of the Calcutta Run organising committee have traveled to Kolkata to visit these projects and have seen first-hand how the funds are used.

Hilary Kavanagh and Jack Kennedy, Calcutta Run, with HOPE Ambassador Jeremy Irons in Kolkata
Emergency Response
Cillian MacDomhnaill, Calcutta Run, with the Emergency Response Unit
Hilary Kavanagh & Jack Kennedy at Kasba Girls' Home

The Cork Run

29 May, Blackrock, Cork

The Cork run takes place again this year! We would encourage all members of the legal community in Cork to take part, with their staff, families and friends (including their 4 legged ones!) and support the event, making it a fun day out for all, while supporting a very worthwhile cause.

All money raised in Cork will be divided between HOPE and SHARE, a Cork-based charity providing housing and other support for the elderly poor. There is no registration fee, so please try your best to raise as much sponsorship as possible! Receive a goodie bag and a technical t-shirt as our way of saying thank you!

Bib collection and late registration will take place from 9am to 10:15am at the Blackrock National Hurling Club, Church Road, Blackrock. There are changing facilities and ample parking available. Participants will walk from there to the start and finish line. Refreshments will be available in Blackrock National Hurling Club after the event.