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A Rose in India



A Rose in India - Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne arrives in Kolkata with The Hope Foundation

ROSE of Tralee Jennifer Byrne has arrived safely in India where she will spend the week volunteering with The HOPE Foundation and see first-hand the day-to-day struggles of the children living on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata. It’s Jennifer’s first overseas trip since becoming the Rose of Tralee and she said that she was excited to support the work being undertaken by HOPE to tackle humanitarian issues in Kolkata, India.

HOPE works with the most vulnerable street and slum children and their families. HOPE operates over 60 projects in Kolkata and has provided 30,000 children with access to education and a further 300,000 adults with access to healthcare and training programmes. Jennifer will visit the HOPE projects including their child protection centres established to get the children off the streets and into education. Many of the children, who have come through HOPE education centres, return to work with HOPE in their training centres.

She will also take part in the 18th annual cultural Foundation Day celebrations on 1st November. Speaking from India, HOPE Honorary Director, Maureen Forrest stated, ‘Jennifer is a fantastic role model and we are delighted she agreed to become an Ambassador for HOPE. We are thrilled that she accepted our invitation to come to Kolkata and visit the girls and boys in our projects.’

Jennifer is the eighth Rose of Tralee to be announced as an Ambassador for Irish charity, The HOPE Foundation. Follow Jennifer’s Journey of HOPE on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HopeFoundationIreland,  https://www.facebook.com/roseoftraleefestival/ and Twitter @HopeFoundation and @roseoftralee_

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About The Hope Foundation

NOTES TO EDITOR Over 250,000 children go to sleep each night on the street and in the slums of Kolkata (Calcutta), hungry and without proper shelter or protection. Over the last 16 years, The Hope Foundation has continuously worked to raise funds to support over 60 on the ground projects, helping to lift Kolkata’s most vulnerable children out of poverty, cruelty and destitution. HOPE engages with these children, and their communities, via child protection programmes, education, nutrition, drugs rehabilitation and training centres. HOPE is proud to say, we now employ over 500 skilled local people in West Bengal. The Hope Foundation is a registered Irish charity (CHY 13237) and is governed by the Dóchas Code of Corporate Governance. The HOPE Honorary Director, Maureen Forrest, does not take a salary. For more information see www.hopefoundation.ie and follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HopeFoundationIreland and Twitter @HopeFoundation

For Further Information: Charlotte Nagle, Communications, The HOPE Foundation PR and Events Manager on +353 87 3666937, email charlotte@hopefoundation.ie Or John Drummey, Communications Manager, Rose of Tralee International Festival on +353 87 7909487, email communications@roseoftralee.ie