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Richie McCarthy

LIMERICK hurlers are well used to serving their county but one is ready to represent their country.

Long-time servant, Richie McCarthy is to be a special guest at a major fundraiser in the magnificent American Irish Historical Association on New York’s famous Fifth Avenue. In aid of the Hope Foundation, it takes place on Wednesday evening, February 27.

The cross cultural evening of special guests, live entertainment, food and drinks from Ireland and India is being organised by the charity, who recently launched in the USA.

Richie said he was honoured to be asked.

“It is a charity that everyone knows about and I’m delighted to be associated with. It is for a very good cause. They work with street and slum children in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India.

“Some of the players had been involved with an event for The Hope Foundation in Limerick. They asked for a representative from the Limerick team and I’m looking forward to supporting it. There will be a representative from Ireland and India,” said Richie, who made a big impact from the bench when he came on in the All-Ireland final.

The two special guests will be the Kilfinane man, who is recovering from a cruciate ligament operation, and Meera Gandhi, CEO and founder of The Giving Back Foundation. Mrs Gandhi is a well-known humanitarian and philanthropist dedicated to solutions for human suffering and deprivation around the globe.

She is of Irish and Indian ancestry. At the age of 16, she met Mother Teresa and worked with her helping children at Asha Dan, Mumbai and has worked with the world’s most high profile women including Cherie Blair and Hilary Clinton.

Renowned Irish humanitarian, founder and honorary director of The Hope Foundation, Maureen Forrest, who aims to raise awareness for the rights of children to protection and education, will also peak on the night.

The Hope Foundation hopes that the attendance of fans’ favourite Richie McCarthy will attract Limerick hurling supporters living in the Big Apple to the fundraiser.

One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards benefiting the street children of Kolkata with whom the foundation work on a daily basis to free them from lives of pain, abuse, poverty and darkness.

For more information on the event or to book a ticket or a table please contact Mary Reed maryreed@hopefoundationusa.com or book online at hopefoundation.ie/newyork