Past pupil, former rugby international and Hope Ambassador Denis Leamy called to Rockwell College to pass on his best wishes to the fifteen students who will visit the slums of Kolkata.
Each student raised a minimum of €2,300 which has been donated directly to the Hope Foundation. The students wish to thank their friends and families who supported their nine month campaign which included bake sales, pub quizzes, coffee mornings to name but a few. All students paid for their flights and expenses separately. This came about from presents and the proceeds of part-time employment.
Pat Egan, the co-ordinator and driving force behind the program thanks Eithne Knox and the staff and customers of Tesco, Clonmel for the bag packing opportunities which are crucial to the continued success of the project.
This is the seventh year in a row in which students from Rockwell College travel to Kolkata with the Hope Foundation and Rockwell will provide 15 of the 75 travelling students from all over Munster.
In those seven years over €250,000 has been donated to some of the poorest people on Earth. It is estimated that each travelling student will raise enough money to keep a vulnerable child in residential care for a year.
The students departed on Saturday last and will visit residential care homes, schools, slums and hospitals funded by the Hope Foundations. They will return on Sunday, February 22.