Yoga classes held in the Longford Arms Hotel helped raise almost €4,000 for the Hope Foundation, which will help street children in Calcutta.
“I wish to thank everybody who helpd me raise €3,725,” saidAga Sychta, who ran the classes, and who joined other volunteers from the organisation on a recent trip to the Indian city.
“I left Ireland with a group of 16 volunteers,” she explained. “With our help, the Hope Foundation built a number of schools in the slums where kids can get an education. They were so enthusiastic about studying.
“I also visited Hope Hospital, where anyone from the slums can get help.”
There were some tough moments on the trip, too.
“I spent one of the days with children in an addiction centre built near the Ganges River,” Aga continued. “The youngest child was just two years-old, and he was addicted to glue. Sniffing it was helping him to kill the hunger.
“The work in Calcutta was hard mentally, but I loved every minute of it,” Aga admitted. “Those beautiful kids with their big eyes and smiling faces will stay with me forever.
“My trip was one of the most amazing trips I have ever made in my life,” she concluded. “It opened my heart and my eyes by holding and cuddling those little kids.”