Founder of ‘Hope’ backs local festival

Founder and honourary director of The Hope Foundation, Maureen Forrest is pictured with one of the slum children rescued by the charity.
Maureen Forrest, founder and honourary director of The Hope Foundation, has thrown her support behind the upcoming Bhakti Festival in Battlebridge next month. The Hope Foundation has been instrumental in helping to save the poorest children struggling to survive in the slums and streets of Calcutta, India.

Maureen Forrest, founder and honourary director of The Hope Foundation, has thrown her support behind the upcoming Bhakti Festival in Battlebridge next month. The Hope Foundation has been instrumental in helping to save the poorest children struggling to survive in the slums and streets of Calcutta, India.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer Ms Forrest said: “I think this is a fantastic event and I believe it will be a great opportunity for people to have fun while raising much needed funds for street and slum children....even the smallest amounts can go so far in Calcutta and can really change lives.”

The Bhakti Fest of Hope is a family festival that will bring a kaleidoscope of colour with an eclectic mix of Indian and Irish sounds to the Leitrim and North Roscommon area on Saturday 29th June at a fantastic open air venue on the banks of the majestic river Shannon at Beirne’s of BattleBridge.

The fun day and night will boast craft stalls, art, kids activities, Bollywood dancing, live music, fire dancers, Indian cinema, delicious food, full bar, camping, Bhangra DJ, chill out tent, a bouncy castle, marquees and a wonderful food demonstration by award winning chef, Shamzuri Hanifa, of the Cottage Restaurant, Jamestown.

Tickets are a €20 donation and accompanied children go Free! Tickets can be purchased in Carrick-on-Shannon at Vittos Italian Restaurant (Bridge street), Leitrim Physiotherapy Centre (Leitrim Rd), The Larder (Market Yard) and the Makeover Studio (Bridge street) and also on the day at the ticket desk.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting the organisers: Tara 086 152 68 33, John 086 812 75 36 or Margaret 087 065 7864.See you there for a great day & night!