Wow, 20 years and the event is close to raising €4 million, 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, and Cork!
Over 1,200 people took part in 2017, raising an incredible €230,000. We want to take this up a notch in 2018 and raise €300,000. With extra effort from all the firms and individuals involved we think we can do it! This will bring us to €4m over 20 years.
Why not walk or run the 5k or 10k route, or cycle either the 50k or 100k routes on Saturday, 26 May? Have you considered a team in the DX firm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need your help to make this year special.