Law Society calls for virtual participants for Calcutta Run
For the first time in the event’s 22-year history, the Calcutta Run – the legal fundraiser is taking place virtually. Between the 30 October – 8 November 2020, the Law Society of Ireland is inviting members of the legal profession, their family and friends to collectively run, walk, cycle or hike 10,000km – the distance between Ireland and Kolkata – to help fight homelessness in Dublin and Kolkata.
President of the Law Society, Michele O’Boyle said, “Every year, the Calcutta Run is one of the biggest fundraising efforts by the legal profession and directly supports a number of on-going essential projects for our charity partners, Peter McVerry Trust and The Hope Foundation.”
“These charities, and the people they help on daily basis, have been adversely affected by Covid-19,” said Ms O’Boyle. “In 2019, over 1,500 people took part in the Calcutta Run and raised €300,000, adding to a total of €4million raised to date. This year, the support of the whole profession is needed to help raise even a fraction of this amount.”
Virtual walk, run or cycle
“Traditionally, the Calcutta Run takes place in May, starting at the grounds of Blackhall Place, through the scenic Dublin 7, to the Phoenix Park and back,” explained Ms O’Boyle.
“While we are not able to mark the occasion in-person this year due to restrictions, we are able to host our first ever virtual event, which will allow more participants than ever to take part. Whether you are in Sligo or Dublin, or even abroad, we are encouraging you to join this year’s Calcutta Run. We will only be able to reach the ambitious 10,000km target if we support each other and do it together,” she said.
“The solicitors’ profession have a long tradition of supporting the Calcutta Run and fighting against homelessness and I trust this year will be no different.”
Calcutta Run virtual participants are invited to run, walk, cycle or hike in your local area with your distance recorded on an app. The collective progress will be tracked on a map and marked on a route from Dublin to Kolkata.
“The virtual run is a perfect way to connect with colleagues in a safe but fun way,” said Ms O’Boyle. “Of course, participants are advised to complete the run while following all government travel and health restrictions.”
Participants who register online will be directed to create a fundraising page on iDonate.ie. Individuals can set up their own page or join their company’s collective fundraising page.
The Calcutta Run is also supported by its numerous charity ambassadors, including RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan and former Irish footballer Robbie Keane.
For more information on this year’s event or to register, visit: www.calcuttarun.com