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Cannonball founder Alan Bannon with members of Style Warriors at Cannonball last year

Cannonball founder Alan Bannon with members of Style Warriors at Cannonball last year

Andres Poveda

Cannonball founder Alan Bannon with members of Style Warriors at Cannonball last year

THE Irish Cannonball super car event has been a firm favourite with almost 200,000 spectators around Ireland since it began 12 years ago.

Back then, it started with a convoy of top marque cars, including McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley, and free family festivals all over the country.

Cannonball was due to take place this weekend, raising vital funds for Barnardos and families in crisis, but organisers have cancelled the event due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

Cannonball has already raised €1,125,000 for various charities, and Barnardos were thrilled to be chosen as the official charity for 2020.

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.

A GoFundMe page has been set up and an urgent appeal nationwide for donations. Search for 'Barnardos Urgent Appeal' on GoFundMe.com.

Local communities all over the country are already coming together to support the campaign for their own local branches of Barnardos.

Mary Gamble, Barnardos director of fundraising said: "Right now, Barnardos needs your help more than ever before.

"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,"she added.

Alan Bannon, founder of Cannonball, said: "Cannonball is now the largest organised road trip in Europe and it has grown into something really special.

"It was absolutely the right decision but a big disappointment to cancel Cannonball this year but we would 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."

Leaf keeps growing

In celebration of World EV Day, Nissan marked the production of the 500,000th LEAF, the world's first mass-market 100 per cent electric car. With half a million LEAF built globally, customers around the world continue to embrace the pioneering zero-emission vehicle.

The milestone was achieved at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, England, almost a decade after the model first went on sale. The plant has built more than 175,000 LEAF cars since it began producing the model in 2013.

Nissan's manufacturing facilities in Sunderland continue to craft the LEAF to the highest standards to ensure that every LEAF embodies innovation and excitement, while striving to make advances in sustainable mobility.

The Nissan LEAF has won accolades around the world, including Car of the Year 2011 in Europe, World Car of the Year 2011, and Car of the Year Japan in 2011 and 2012. More importantly, the car has earned the trust of hundreds of thousands of customers.

The 500,000th LEAF found its happy owner, Maria Jansen, in Norway.