When the Transition Year students in the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles came to speak to the Junior Certificate Class of 2015 about their journey to Kolkata (Calcutta) with the Hope Foundation, 15-year-old Zoe Gleeson knew it was a dream she wanted to fulfil.
She then set about to achieve her goal and when she was chosen to be one of the 12 lucky girls to travel to Calcutta in March 2016 she was estatic. Zoe completed an application form along with 49 other girls which was sent to the Hope Foundation Representative. It was then narrowed down to 20 hopefuls which then went to interview and this was then narrowed down to 12 and Zoe was one of those lucky 12. The Hope Foundation is a charity working with street and slum children in Calcutta, India. They work to free children from lives of pain, abuse poverty and darkness. They operate over 60 projects offering Protection, health care, Nutrition, Education and a family for life. However, despite this being charity work it does come at a price and Zoe is required to raise €3,100 (€2,300 in aid of the Hope Foundation) and €800 (personal costs which has to be fundraised privately).
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.