Irish rugby star Robbie Henshaw got to grips with a rare Lamborghini Diablo along with little James Garrahan (4) in his very own Cannonball supercar and Cannonball founder Alan Bannon to announce that The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation will be the official charity partner for Cannonball 2023. The action-packed supercar spectacle, is set to roll on September 15th-17th with proceeds to The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation and will be coming to Cork for a fuel stop at Circle K Fermoy at 12 noon on Sunday September 17th and then a lunch stop at Fota Island Resort in Little Island from 1pm to approx 2.30pm . Cannonball, fuelled by milesPLUS from Circle K, is the largest organised road trip in Europe featuring the finest cars on the planet from the awe-inspiring power of Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren to the grace and elegance of Porsche, Aston Martin, and Maserati. Cannonball has already raised €1,538,602 for Irish Charities and brings a unique and inimitable electric atmosphere to host towns all over the country making it a widely-anticipated free family event for spectators.
Cannonball has already raised €1,538,602 for Irish Charities and brings a unique and inimitable electric atmosphere to host towns all over the country making it a widely-anticipated free family event for spectators. This year the official charity of Cannonball is The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation – an Irish children’s charity that funds and delivers in-home nursing care, respite support and end-of-life care for children from birth to six years of age who have highly complex and life-limiting medical conditions. There are currently over 400 children under the care of Jack and Jill right across the country and the charity’s mission is to empower parents to care for their child at home, because there is no care like home care for a Jack and Jill child.
Alie Sheridan, Head of Fundraising at Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation said “This support and tremendous drive from all the Cannonball crew, will raise vital funds and awareness for Jack and Jill, at a time when the demand for our service is higher than ever. That sense of community and excitement around Cannonball 2023 is a real boost for our care community and the 400 children our nurses support, right across the country. Reminding them, that they don’t walk this care journey alone. Specifically, along the Cannonball 7 county route this year, there are 216 families currently being supported by Jack and Jill through hundreds of local nurses, carers and volunteers who keep our service going. We are all looking froward to an exciting weekend that puts the fun and fuel into fundraising, with every €18 donation supporting 1 hour of home nursing care for a local child and family.”
Cannonball offers spectators a unique opportunity to witness the world’s most prestigious and sought-after supercars up close and enjoy the unique festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for. The Brazilian Dancers, giant screens, music and fanfare brings all the glamour of carnival and live DJs, bands and festivals in host towns around the country get the party started. The Cannonballers and celebrities in colourful costumes add to the melee. From Spiderman to Star Wars, Cat Woman to Wonder Woman, cheerleaders to Charlie’s Angels, Batman, the Joker and more, it is a totally unique free family day out. This year, organisers are also calling on spectators to dress up in fancy dress with prizes for best dressed.
Cannonball was founded by Kildare businessman Alan Bannon and the benefit to the host towns for this event is estimated at €2,567,000 per year. Cannonball is fuelled by milesPLUS from Circle K as the main headline Sponsor for 2023 and all official fuel stops on the route where spectators can see the cars will be announced in the coming days. The Tour Sponsor this year is Apache Pizza and Cannonball official partners include Karl Goodwin Motors, AB Signs, HONE Energy and Majestic Ireland Road Trips. See cannonball.ie