Two Lisgoold students have organised a Colour Run in aid of the Hope Foundation for Saturday, 19 August.
Registration for the 6km Colour Run will be held at Lisgoold GAA grounds from 1.15pm with the race commencing at 2pm. Parking is available at the GAA ground where tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided after the run. The event can be run or walked, and each kilometre of the route will have a station set up to splatter the passing participants head to toe in coloured powder. The registration fee is €12 for under-16s and €15 for over-16s to take part, with the proceeds going towards the Hope Foundation.
The event is organised by Amy O’Keefe and Emma Murphy, both of whom are from the Lisgoold area and who will travel to Kolkata, India with the Hope Foundation’s School Immersion Programme next year. As part of the Immersion Programme, both students must raise €2,400 for the Hope Foundation.
“I haven’t raised anything so far. This is my first fundraiser,” said Amy O’Keefe. “Myself and Emma are organising the event together because, even though I got to St Aloysius' [College, Carrigtwohill] and Emma goes to St Mary’s [High School, Midleton], we are both from the same community. We have to raise €2,400 each so whatever money we raise is going to be split evenly between the two of us and will go towards our individual targets.”
The HOPE Foundation works specifically to provide aid and education to the most impoverished and underprivileged of children in Kolkata, most of whom live on the streets, work for money for food since the age of five, and have no promise of a safe future. HOPE funds and operates over 60 projects to rectify this and support the development of underprivileged sections of Kolkata’s society. The HOPE Foundation’s School Immersion Programme offers Irish Transition Year and 5th Year students the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata and see the work being done there and the work still needed to be undertaken.
“I signed up for the programme,” said Ms O’Keefe, “because ever since I heard about it I wanted to do everything I can to help change these people’s lives for the better. I thought of the idea because it is something different that has never been done in our area and it is something people from all ages can take part in and be a fun day out for the whole family.”