The Camogie Association has teamed up with Irish charity, the Hope Foundation, to support the work carried out by the foundation to create better living conditions for impoverished children in India.
Following a hugely successful novelty fundraising match earlier this year between an All Star selection and the 2009 All Ireland champions, Cork, it was decided to establish stronger links between both organisations.
The æCamogie for Hope’ partnership will work to raise awareness of the work carried out by the charity and liaise on select fundraising initiatives. Details of which will be announced later in the month.
The Hope Foundation works in Calcutta with young children living on the streets and in the slums of the city. Established in 1999, it funds over 60 projects in the Indian city, with an emphasis on healthcare, education, shelter and drug rehabilitation. It works in conjunction with sixteen Indian NGBs and to date has reached over 22,000 children since it was first established.
Speaking about today’s announcement President of the Camogie Association Joan O’Flynn:
“”Even though we are going though difficult times in Ireland at the moment we are still relatively privileged compared to other parts of the world. It is good that the Camogie sporting community is reaching out beyond itself to others. Our partnership with The Hope Foundation brings women and children of different continents together. As a female sport, we are now committed to playing our part in supporting women and children in Calcutta to move from lives of extreme poverty on the streets to build better futures for themselves and their families.
The Hope Foundation has carried out sterling work to date through healthcare initiatives, education and shelter. We intend to create greater awareness of this amongst Camogie members. We will also support the Foundation in its endeavours with several fundraising initiatives that will draw on the vast network of support within the organisation and the fantastic voluntary ethos of our members””.
Commenting on the partnership, Maureen Forrest, Hon. Director of The Hope Foundation:
“”We are delighted that the Camogie Association has “”adopted”” The Hope Foundation as its charity partner for the coming year. We look forward to working with them on a number of exciting initiatives that will highlight the association’s values of Inclusiveness; Voluntarism; Respect; Excellence; Co-operation; and Fair Play; while at the same time raising awareness and funds to help change the lives of street and slum children and their families.””
The Camogie Association and the Hope Foundation will announce further details on the æCamogie for Hope’ partnership in the coming month.
ò Details on æCamogie For Hope’ will be announced later this month.
ò The Hope Foundation was set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girl’s home. Today The Hope Foundation (HOPE) funds over 60 projects in education, primary healthcare, shelter, vocational training, child protection and drugs rehabilitation.
ò HOPE works primarily with the street & slum children of Kolkata (Calcutta) and the subsequent difficulties that these children encounter. The estimated population of street children in Kolkata is over 250,000. HOPE is currently reaching out to over 22,000 street children through education alone and hundreds of thousands more through primary healthcare, in partnership with Irish Aid.
ò HOPE aims to help break the cycle of poverty and abuse and free the street and slum children from a life of horror and fear.