Ann-Marie returning to Calcutta to help the poor
A RATHCORMAC girl is set to make good on a promise she made to herself five-years ago after she spent time working with poverty stricken children in the slums of Calcutta.
Ann-Marie Kearney was a transition year student at the Loreto Convent when she travelled to the Calcutta in 2009, witnessing at first hand the misery and degradation endured by the street children the city. So appalled was she at their plight, Ann-Marie vowed to return when the chance arose and will travel to India next month with the Cork based Hope Foundation.
"It is difficult to put the experience in words, such was the sheer scale of suffering we saw in Calcutta. One of the few positives of the trip was the work the Hope Foundation was doing on behalf of the street children," said Ann-Marie.
The Foundation works with the street children providing shelter, basic nutrition, education and healthcare. It also helps the older youths by offering vocational training and establishing income generating projects.
"I could not help but be impressed by the work the Foundation does, which is totally voluntary and relies on the generosity of the public for funding. It has always been an ambition of mine to return to Calcutta and now that I have finished college, I feel this is the right time for me," said Ann-Marie.
In order to realise her ambition, Ann-Marie needs to raise €3,000 every cent of which will be spent funding the Hope Foundation's projects in Calcutta.
Her fundraising campaign has been bolstered by the award winning Buttevant based Cahirmee Singers, who will hold a concert this coming Saturday night from 8.15pm in the Rathcormac Community Centre.
Ironically the group came together in 1984 in order to raise funds for Mallow Hospital and are well-known for their work on behalf of many other different charities.
They will be supported in Rathcormac by a number of talented performers including the Power family, the O'Leary family and Bridget and Fiona O'Flynn.
Ann-Marie has been working hard to organise this fundraiser and would appreciate the help of the public for this worthy cause.
Tickets for the night, priced at €8 for adults and €3 for children will be available at the door.