Legal profession unites against homelessness in Calcutta Run

The Calcutta Run, the legal profession’s annual fundraiser, aims to raise €200,000 this year for the Peter McVerry Trust and GOAL.

The Calcutta Run was set up by the legal profession 17 years ago to help battle homelessness both in Ireland and in Calcutta. It is organised and supported by The Law Society of Ireland as well as solicitors and legal firms nationwide. To date the Calcutta Run has raised over €3 million, with 100% of the funds raised by participants going directly towards the Peter McVerry Trust and Goal.

President of the Law Society Kevin O’Higgins said, “We are very proud to be part of the Calcutta Run. This is a time when the legal profession can unite to make a real difference alleviating homelessness in Ireland and India.”

“The €3 million raised over the years has supported, and will continue to support, GOAL’s projects in Calcutta such as educating children working in brick kilns, providing wash facilities and building mother and child units. In Ireland money raised from the Calcutta Run has gone towards the Peter McVerry Trust who provide support with housing, drug treatment and detox, as well as under 18 residential services.”

CEO of GOAL Barry Andrews said ‘It is great to see the entire legal industry united behind this initiative. It is a great example, and I think a unique one, of an industry pooling its resources to achieve a much greater impact. I would love to see that followed in other industries that are anxious to achieve scale in their CSR activities.’

The Calcutta Run takes place this year on Saturday 16 May. Both 10km and 5km routes are available, beginning at Blackhall Place and continuing on to Phoenix Park. The finish line is back at Blackhall Place where participants can relax and enjoy the “Finish Line Festival” including a barbeque, entertainment and kids activities. For more information visit