21 Years a Running

Our Ambassadors and supporters over the years

Wow, an incredible €4 million has been raised in 21 years, which has helped countless homeless young people both at home and abroad through the Peter McVerry Trust, The Hope Foundation, and previously through GOAL.

The fundraiser was originally the idea of Eoin MacNeill and Joe Kelly of A&L Goodbody. In January 1999, Eoin and Joe approached the Law Society to explore ways of bringing the legal profession together to create an annual fundraising event to support homeless children in Ireland and in Calcutta. They met with Ken Murphy, who introduced them to Cillian MacDomhnaill and the idea of Calcutta Run was born! Eoin, Joe and Cillian are still centrally involved in the Calcutta Run today.

Spurred by the success of the inaugural run in 1999, the event has grown from strength to strength and now accommodates walkers, runners, cyclists, soccer players and tennis players, with events taking place in Dublin, New York, Calcutta and Cork!

Over 1,300 people took part in 2018, raising an incredible €300,000. We want to raise this amount again in 2019. With extra effort from all the firms and individuals involved we think we can do it!

Why not walk or run the 5k or 10k route, or cycle either the 50k or 100k routes on Saturday, 18 May? Have you considered entering a team in the Firm Team challenge? Afterwards, wind down at the renowned Finish Line Festival where you, your family and friends can enjoy a BBQ, bar, vintage stands, and DJ, as well as kids’ activities in  Blackhall Place.

If you have been in all 20 runs or close to it, or have novel fundraising ideas for your firm, please let us know by contacting hilary@calcuttarun.com.

We need your help to make this year special.