No Cannonball 2020 in Kerry this year but it is still possible to support its Barnardos appeal

Killarney has been a firm favourite for the spectacular Cannonball super car event since it began 12 years ago – but sadly it won’t be going ahead this year.

Spectators in Killarney, Tralee and Dingle usually get a chance to get up close and personal with 190 of the finest cars on the planet including McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley, and enjoyed the unique festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for.

However, COVID-19 has puts the brakes on Cannonball 2020 – but fundraising is going up a gear for this year’s chosen charity Barnardos as the organisation is sending an urgent local appeal for support.

The Cannonball Run outside the Brehon Hotel in Killarney last year. Photo by Sean Moriarty

Over the years Cannonball has raised €1,125,000 for various charities with Barnardos thrilled to be chosen as the official charity this year.

Organisers say that the decision to cancel the event in 2020 was the right thing to do for all involved but leaves a huge void in fundraising for Barnardos, who have already missed out on so many fundraising opportunities this year.

So, Cannonball have teamed up with Barnardos to try to bridge the gap including setting up a GoFundMe page: Barnardos Urgent Appeal, and have issued an urgent appeal nationwide for donations.

The Cannonball Run outside the Brehon Hotel in Killarney last year. Photo by Sean Moriarty

“Right now, Barnardos needs your help more than ever before,” Mary Gamble, Barnardos Director of Fundraising said. “Many of our fundraising activities in 2020 have been cancelled or postponed because of COVID-19, but the children and families we work with still need our help. COVID-19 has added additional challenges to many of the families we work with who are now struggling to cope. Please give what you can today to ensure we can continue our vital work with vulnerable children, and provide them with a brighter future.”

The Cannonball Run outside the Brehon Hotel in Killarney last year. Photo by Sean Moriarty

Alan Bannon, founder of Cannonball, added that it was a big disappointment to have to cancel Cannonball this year.

The Cannonball Run outside the Brehon Hotel in Killarney last year. Photo by Sean Moriarty

“We would love to be able to make a real difference to Barnardos,” he said. “It would be a small victory against this awful virus to hit fundraising targets even though the brakes have been put on the event for 2020.”

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