Evelyn Cusack

Hope foundation "Big Book Of Hope", Thursday 9th September 2010 by Conor Palin-Stewart Photography

D700 with 12-24 G ED lens @12mm. f5.6  1/40, ISO 2000.

I had the pleasure of photographing the "Big Book of Hope" release, recently at the Avoca Cafe, Suffolk St. As charities go this is one of the most deserving I have worked for so far. The amount of fundraising needed and more importantly, actual funds that go towards the children in Kolkata is remarkable. The tireless efforts undertaken by sponsors and fundraisers would astonish you. Currently the fundraisers are heading to Everest Basecamp on a mission to raise funds.

Perspective is the key to this photograph, the people are well known, authors, celebrities and life living souls who have a story to tell, an anecdote or a tip, something to say lest we lose sight of the important things on earth. What is your perspective on life, do you have one?.

If you feel you can contribute in any way please contact the Hope Foundation. Every cent helps!!!.

Astonishing, thought provoking, intuitive, surprising:The Big Book of Hope Officially Launched

The Big Book of Hope, an eclectic blend of over 40 fiction and non-fiction short stories was officially launched on Thursday 9th September in Avoca, Suffolk St., Dublin in aid of The Hope Foundation.

Complied by Inkwell’s Vanessa O’Loughlin with writer, journalist and broadcaster Hazel Katherine Larkin, The Big Book of Hope is a unique collection of contributions from Ireland’s top writers, media personalities, businessmen and women, and political figures; a number of which attended the launch in Avoca, along with over 70 other invited guests and representatives from The Hope Foundation.

Contributors to the book in attendance included Evelyn Cusack, Deputy Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann; and Brian Keenan, who was taken hostage in Beirut in 1986, and has since won numerous literary awards for his work “An Evil Cradling”.  A number of well known authors who contributed to the Big Book of Hope also attended the book launch, including Martina Devlin; Monica McInerney; Julia Kelly and Mary Malone; as well as Roisin Meaney; Lia Mills; Sinead Moriarty; Kate Thompson; Brian O’Connor; Niamh O’Connor, and Sarah Webb.

Ex Fair City actress, Claudia Carroll, who has published seven bestselling novels since leaving the show, dropped in; as did writer and performer Ann Gildea, who shot to fame with her all-girl comedic songster group The Nualas.  Teena Gates, Head of News in Dublin’s 98FM came along and was happy to talk about the fundraising she is currently doing for the HOPE Challenge 2010, in aid of The Hope Foundation, which will see her and a well known group of Irish personalities climb Mount Everest in late September.

Speaking at the launch, Maureen Forrest, Hon. Director of The Hope Foundation said “We are delighted with the support the Big Book of Hope is already receiving, and would sincerely like to thank all the contributors, without whom, this project would not have been possible.  I would also like to thank Unilever, who have kindly supported the official launch tonight, support like this is invaluable to HOPE.”

Proceeds from the sale of The Big Book of Hope will go directly to The Hope Foundation which was set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girls’ home, and today funds 64 projects in Kolkata (Calcutta) including education, primary healthcare, shelter, vocational training, child protection and drugs rehabilitation.  HOPE works with 16 Indian NGO partners to rescue thousands of children from the streets and slums, improve their quality of life, and give them a better future; and is currently reaching out to over 18,000 children through education alone and hundreds of thousands more through primary healthcare, in partnership with Irish Aid.  These are the children that sales of The Big Book of Hope will help to house, educate, and protect and love.

Published by Poolbeg, The Big Book of Hope is available now in bookshops, and online. For further information on The Hope Foundation visit: www.hopefoundation.ie.

The Big Book of Hope - Full list of Contributors

Ivana Bacik, Ivy Bannister, Maeve Binchy, Sam Blake, Declan Burke, Claudia Carroll, Norah Casey ,Don Conroy, Evelyn Cosgrave, Brian Crowley, Bill Cullen, Tracy Culleton, Evelyn Cusack, Martina Devlin, Clare Dowling, Myles Dungan, Ana Fischel, Derek Foley, Maureen Forrest, Teena Gates, Anne Gildea, Noelle Harrison, Hazel Katherine Larkin, Brian Keenan, Julia Kelly, Ferdia McAnna, Monica McInerney, Liz McManus, Mary Malone, Roisín Meaney, Lia Mills, Sinead Moriarty, Anita Notaro, Denis O’Brien, Brian O’Connor, Joseph O’Connor, Niamh O’Connor, Vanessa O’Loughlin, Jim Power, Kate Thompson, Sarah Webb

About The Hope Foundation

Set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girl’s home, today The Hope Foundation funds over 60 projects in education, primary healthcare, shelter, vocational training, child protection and drugs rehabilitation.

HOPE works primarily with the street & slum children of Kolkata (Calcutta) and the subsequent difficulties that these children encounter. The estimated population of street children in Kolkata is over 250,000. HOPE is currently reaching out to over 18,000 street children through education alone and hundreds of thousands more through primary healthcare, in partnership with Irish Aid.

The Hope Foundation is a registered Irish charity (No: CHY 13237).