The County Carlow Association of London will be raising money for the Friends of Calcutta, the humanitarian charity, founded in 1994, that educates over 1800 children in some of the poorest areas of India. The founder of the charity, Michael Hopkins, became Carlow’s 2006 International Person of the Year for his dedication and commitment to the poor of Calcutta.
Claire Nolan-Sturley, chair of the Association, explains all:
“At our Dinner Dance last year Michael was our guest of honour. In a very moving after dinner speech he spoke of his association with Mother Theresa and how he gained great strength and inspiration whilst working alongside her as she worked with the world’s poorest. The gathering at the dinner was so touched by his sincerity and his dedication to the cause the idea of a fundraising project was suggested with a forty-mile walk for the association’s forty year’s of existence”
Pembrokeshire was chosen for the walk for a number of reasons:
It is easily accessibility to both Carlow and London
A joint initiative between Pembrokeshire and County Carlow already exists: The Cultural X-change Project (www.culturalxchange.net) which is a joint initiative to create two virtual museums, one for each county
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is a well recognised walking route with some fantastic scenic views along the way
Responses from both Carlow Council and Pembrokeshire Council have been very positive. It is expected that both councils will be represented on the morning of the start.
The walkers taking part are Claire Nolan-Sturley, Garry Sturley, Ned Dunbar, Anne Nolan, Bob Monaghan, Peter O’Brien and John Nolan.
“We opted for a 40-mile walk to coincide with our 40th Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 11th October. We haven’t yet decided what we’ll do for the 50th!”
The County Carlow Association of London welcomes anyone that would like to sponsor any of the walkers to cont. Alternatively, potential sponsors can call Catherina Clarke on 0208 354 8501 or 07789 226734