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Wexford stars to line out in æChampions for HOPE’ charity match




Wexford’s double winning All Ireland stars will tog out this Wednesday night (September 14th) in the æChampions for HOPE’ charity match,  to raise much needed funds for the HOPE Foundation which works with street and slum children in Calcutta.




Wexford Seniors will face Wexford Intermediates at 6.30pm in O’ Kennedy Park, New Ross. The JJ Doyle managed sides collected the senior and intermediate All Ireland titles, after defeating Galway and Antrim respectively at Croke Park on Sunday September 11th.


The HOPE Foundation, established in 1999, currently funds 60 projects, including crÞches, child protection homes, clinics, hospitals, coaching centres, vocational training centres and childwatch programmes. It is providing education to 20,000 children and primary health care to over 80,000 people in Calcutta.


Speaking about the æChampions for HOPE’ match Camogie President Joan O’Flynn:




“”We are delighted to support the work of the HOPE Foundation, which is helping to transform the lives of children living on the streets and in the slums of Calcutta. While Ireland is currently facing its own economic challenges, it is important that despite our own difficulties, we still strive to support those who are in an extremely vulnerable position and work to make a long-lasting difference.




I am delighted that Wexford senior and intermediate camogie teams are togging out for æChampions for HOPE’ and on behalf of the Camogie Association we appreciate their support and goodwill towards this. I also strongly urge the people of Wexford and all in the Camogie community to make the trip to New Ross on Wednesday night for this worthwhile event.””




Madeleine Cummins, Manager of the HOPE Foundation said:




“”We are delighted that the Camogie Association has come on board with the HOPE Foundation in organising the æChampions for HOPE’ match. It is sure to be a great game. Peoples support is invaluable to help the forgotten street and slum children of Kolkata(Calcutta). It is unthinkable to consider not carrying on with the work we have started and the progress we have made to the lives of so many; and so we cannot turn our backs on these children and send them back to a life of hell.””  


Donations are accepted in lieu of an admission fee at the æChampions for HOPE’ match while a collection will also take place in the grounds.






o Wexford won the All Ireland Senior championship in association with RT+ Sport, for the second year in a row, defeating Galway on a scoreline of 2-7 to 1-8 at Croke Park on Sunday September 11th. Wexford Intermediates captured the Intermediate title, defeating Antrim 2-12 to 0-15, also at Croke Park.


o Wexford Seniors and Intermediate teams are managed by JJ Doyle.


o æChampions for HOPE’ will raise funds for the HOPE Foundation. The match takes place at O’ Kennedy Park, New Ross. Throw in 6.30pm. Donations to the HOPE Foundation are accepted in lieu of an admission fee. A collection will also take place inside the grounds during the course of the match.


o The HOPE Foundation is the chosen charity of the Camogie Association for 2011. For further information on the HOPE Foundation go to


o The HOPE Foundation was set up initially to fund one girls home. Today, the HOPE Foundation funds 60 projects in health care, education, vocational training, drug rehabilitation and child protection.


o The HOPE Foundation works with 16 Indian NGO partners to rescue thousands of children off the streets and from poverty in slums. This includes children trapped in child labour, the children of sex workers, special needs children and orphaned children.




* For further information contact Claire Egan, Communications & Marketing Director, The Camogie Association, 01 865 8618, 087 9030755,

Orla Cahalane, The HOPE Foundation, 021 4292990,

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