Kilkenny Business Women’s Network are hosting a lunch to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The KBWN’s Lunch for Hope (in honour of the Hope Foundation) will be held in the Ormonde hotel on March 8th (Tuesday) from 12.30 to 2.00pm. Tickets cost 20EUR, of which all proceedings go to the Hope Foundation.
Guest Speaker on the day will be Maureen Forrest, founder of the Hope Foundation helping street children in Calcutta.
For over two decades Maureen Forrest has dedicated her life to people the rest of the world has either forgotten, or didn’t care much about to begin with. It began in the late 1980’s when she and her husband Dick visited refugee centres in Swaziland.
There, they witnessed the horrific suffering of the victims of the civil war in Mozambique. During that visit Maureen decided to make a commitment to the poor.
Witnessing first-hand the abject poverty and exploitation of the street children had a profound effect on her. She was soon volunteering in war-torn Somalia, working in a centre for 2,000 children. Maureen pledged to help the children of the city and did so by creating The Hope Foundation.
The Hope Foundation, set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girls’ home, now works with 16 Indian NGO partners to rescue thousands of children from the streets and slums of Kolkata (Calcutta) in India, improve their quality of life, and give them a better future.
Today, with Maureen as their honorary director, The Hope Foundation funds 64 projects including education; primary healthcare; shelter; vocational training; child protection; and drugs rehabilitation; and has reached out to over 22,000 children through education alone and hundreds of thousands more through primary healthcare, in partnership with Irish Aid.
To book tickets for the Kilkenny Business Women’s Network Lunch for Hope, call 087-6884723, or call to their office at Dee Gibney Properties, Provincial House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny.