2019 is HOPE’s third year as a charity partner of The Calcutta Run. Now celebrating it’s 21st year, the Legal Fundraiser has raised €4 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!
In 2018 the organising committees target of €300,000 was reached, bringing the total raised to an incredible €4m over 20 years!
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 Kolkata to visit these projects and see first-hand how the funds are used.