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Tuesday, March 16, 2010 (22:13:46)
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HOPE FOUNDATION celebrates St. Patrick's Day

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Noted Fashion designer Agnimitra Paul with Miss Ireland Universe & the members of HOPE Foundatio
Kolkata: Tuesday 16th March 2010 saw the St. Patrick's Day festivities kick off at the HOPE Foundation centre, in Kolkata. The HOPE Foundation, along with the Miss Ireland Universe and many other high profile socialites and celebrities gathered together to spread some Irish joy with the children at the HOPE Kasba home.

Commemorating the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a festive public holiday in Ireland and also celebrated with much enthusiasm around the world. Sumptuous green delights, green clothes, festive songs were all part of the 'grand' occasion.

The highlight of the celebration was the unveiling of the first ever HOPE Life Skills fashion line, which will be showcased at the HOPE Emerald Ball, this Saturday 20th March at The Park Hotel.

The entire collection has been developed and stitched by HOPE Life Skills students, all coming from socially deprived backgrounds, who are under the supervision of the renowned designer, Ravi Kant Prakash. Life Skills gives students the opportunity to work in an industry-trained faculty; learning new sewing and design skills plus business acumen to work in a professional design team.

The collection was showcased by renowned city models in the presence of Miss Ireland Universe 2005, Mary Gormley; celebrated fashion designers Smt. Sharbari Dutta & Ms. Agnimitra Paul; along with Mr. Barun Chanda, and other members of HOPE Foundation from both India and Ireland.

Speaking at the occasion, Ms. Geeta Venkadakrishnan, Director of HOPE Foundation Kolkata said, "We are very excited to see the HOPE Life Skills first fashion line launched in Kolkata. This is a real opportunity for the students and we are all looking forward to see the designs at the Emerald Ball on Saturday. And today being the eve of St. Patrick's Day, has added to the celebrations of the HOPE Foundation".

The unveiling of the collection was followed by the children singing Irish songs, celebrating Hope's huge Irish connection.

The Emerald Ball, which is sponsored by the SPS Group, takes place this Saturday 20th Park Hotel and includes a top class fashion show; music from internationally renowned opera singer, Carol Kennedy; a 5 star buffet dinner plus drinks; an exclusive auction plus entertainment throughout the evening.

For tickets or for further information, please call Meghna on 9830945551.

About HOPE Foundation

Largely funded by Ireland, The Hope Foundation was set-up in 1999 by a Cork woman, Maureen Forrest, to raise funds for one girls' home and today funds over 60 projects in education, healthcare, shelter, vocational training, child protection and drug rehabilitation.

There are over 250, 000 children living on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata (Calcutta), where they are at high risk of child trafficking, child labour and abuse. The Hope Foundation's main goal is work with the underprivileged children in India towards giving them a better future.
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