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Rose of Tralee volunteers with the Hope Foundation in India

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Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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ROSE OF TRALEE Maggie McEldowney has arrived safely in India where she will spend the week volunteering with The Hope Foundation and see first-hand the day-to-day struggles of the children living on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata.

Hope is a charity supporting overseas development and tackling humanitarian issues in Kolkata, India. Hope works with the most vulnerable street and slum children and their families. The charity operates over 60 projects in Kolkata and has provided 30,000 children with access to education and a further 300,000 adults with access to healthcare and training programmes.

Maggie will visit the Hope projects including their child protection centres established to get the children off the streets and into education. Many of the children, who have come through Hope education centres, return to work with Hope in their training centres.

Speaking from India, Hope honorary director Maureen Forrest said: “Maggie is a fantastic role model and we are delighted she agreed to become an ambassador for Hope. We are thrilled that she accepted our invitation to come to Kolkata and visit the girls and boys in our projects.”
Maggie is the seventh Rose of Tralee to be announced as an Ambassador for Irish charity, The HOPE Foundation.

Follow Maggie’s |Journey of Hope” on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/HopeFoundationIreland, https://www.facebook.com/roseoftraleefestival/ and Twitter, @HopeFoundation and @roseoftralee_
 


 
Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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Coveted KY-1 plate goes to Hyundai for 2022

  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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