Having been forced to cancel this year's Cannonball Run due to Covid-19, organisers are urging the people of Wexford to dig deep in a bid to make up some of the shortfall to the event's chosen charity partner for 2020, Barnardos.
Wexford has been a firm favourite of the super car event since it began 12 years ago, having hosted three overall finish lines for the run on the quayfront. Always a major spectacle, the people of Wexford always turn out in their droves to get up close and personal with 190 of the finest cars on the planet including McClarens, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Porsches and much more, enjoying the unique festival atmosphere that the run brings with it.
Cannonball has raised over €1,125,000 for various charities over the years and Barnardos were thrilled to be chosen as the event's official charity for 2020. While the decision to cancel this year's event was the right thing to do from a public health perspective, it leaves a huge void for the charity, who have already missed out on so many fundraising opportunities due to the pandemic.
'Unfortunately, 2020 is the year we need more help than every before, as many of our fundraising efforts have been put on hold or cancelled because of Covid-19,' said Barnardos Assistant Director of Children's Services in Wexford, Catherine Joyce. 'We know the experiences we have as children last a lifetime, and those we work with in Wexford have already endured far too much due to the pandemic. The funds raised through this GoFundMe appeal will go directly towards our vital work with children and families in your community, please give what you can today.'
A Go Fund Me page has been setup under the title 'Barnardos Urgent Appeal' and if you'd like to ensure your donation goes directly to Wexford services, you can put WEXFORD into the first name box and then place your full name in the surname box.
Alan Bannon, founder of Cannonball said 'There is something really special about Wexford and we have had some of our biggest ever finish lines there. The atmosphere and crowds are always incredible. It's a big disappointment to have to cancel Cannonball this year but we'd love to be able to make a real difference to Barnardos. 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.'