Yvonne O’Keefe, Northern Trust, Catherine Duffy, Managing Director Northern Trust, Maureen Forrest Hon.Director The Hope Foundation, Loretto Kennedy, The Hope Foundation.
Northern Trust Hope Foundation fundraiser raise €17,580 for the charity
Northern Trust recently presented a cheque for €17,580 to The Hope Foundation following a hugely successful lunch event last September at The Savoy in Limerick, and are now asking people to save the date for September 6th 2019.
Vicky Phelan, Dr Sinead Kane, Miriam O’Callaghan and Georgia McGurk were among special guests who filled The Savoy Hotel last year at the annual lunch in aid of The Hope Foundation. The sold out lunch event in 2018 was very kindly sponsored by Northern Trust and will be held again this year on Friday September 6th.
This event is an important fundraiser each year for HOPE. In operation since 1999, for twenty years HOPE has worked tirelessly to support street and slum children in Kolkata, along with their families and communities.
The funds raised through last year’s event are going to the HOPE Hospital, which was established in May 2008 to specifically cater to the secondary healthcare needs of street and slum dwelling children and adults in Kolkata. For every 10,000 people in the city, there are 61.7 hospital beds. HOPE know that the existing facilities are inadequate to meet the healthcare needs of the city, where 33% of the population live in slums.
The HOPE Hospital consists of an in-patient department with 32 beds, an out-patient department, surgical department and diagnostic centre. A fully equipped ICU holds 4 beds. This small hospital has had an incredible reach, having supported over 97,000 people since it opened.
The Hope Foundation are also working with our young people here in the Mid-West and all over Ireland through their Transition Year Immersion Programme, which is the brainchild of HOPE founder and Hon. Director Maureen Forrest. In a world where young people can watch the news channels and often feel helpless, this programme gives them the chance to bring about real change, it empowers them in a way that stays with them for the rest of their lives. Since the programme began in 2003, over 3000 students have fundraised for HOPE and then travelled out to Kolkata to see first-hand how their money is utilised on the ground. In April 2019 a group of 106 students and leaders mostly from Limerick and a few from North Cork will travel to Kolkata for one week.
At the lunch this coming year HOPE look forward to welcoming more inspirational guests; individuals who are the embodiment of what it means to persevere through challenging times.
Speaking at the cheque handover General Manager of Northern Trust, Catherine Duffy, discussed her motivation for becoming main sponsor of the lunch: “Northern Trust were delighted to sponsor the 2018 Hope Foundation Lunch as it is such a worthwhile and well known charity. Their annual lunch has become a social highlight on the Limerick calendar and is well supported by Limerick businesses as they always combine networking opportunities with interesting speakers. 2018 was no different with inspirational speeches from Dr. Sinéad Kane and Vicky Phelan”.
HOPE wish to thank the generous donors and sponsors from last year’s event including The Savoy Hotel and we hope to announce a 2019 sponsor soon. If anyone is interested in part or full sponsorship, please get in touch with us.
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