This week has been an extremely busy one in Kolkata, with a whole host of important visitors from Ireland and the UK!
Jeremy and Sam Irons
Long time HOPE Patron Jeremy Irons visited Kolkata for the first time this week to see first-hand the important work that we are doing there. Travelling with his son Sam, the Oscar winning actor visited HOPE protection homes, HOPE Hospital and accompanied the Night Watch team on their rounds.
We were so happy to welcome Jeremy and Sam to Kolkata and we’d like to sincerely thank them both for their support.
A 10-strong team from Specsavers Ireland, accompanied by Specsavers Ambassaor Darren Kennedy, are in Kolkata carrying out life-changing eye clinics in some of the city’s poorest communities, where this special eye treatment would otherwise be unavailable. The team are working day and night to maximise the number of people impacted by their time there.
Now, the world is literally a brighter place for hundreds of adults and children with no access to eyecare because of their hard work and dedication.
Hilary Kavanagh and Jack Kennedy of the Calcutta Run organising committee also visited Kolkata this week to see the projects supported by the run. 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 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.
Sinead Flanagan, Rose of Tralee 2019
The newly-crowned Rose of Tralee, Limerick Rose Sinead Flanagan, is coming to the end of her week in Kolkata with The Hope Foundation. Sinead has visited several HOPE projects and has been an inspiration for children she has met.
Every year we are proud to welcome the reigning Rose of Tralee to Kolkata to witness first-hand the work supported by the Rose Festival.