Des Bishop got to grips with a Lamborghini Huracan today, along with five-year-old Harrison Clark, five-year-old Belle Walshe and Cannonball founder Alan Bannon to announce that the Irish Cancer Society will be the official charity partner for Cannonball 2019.
Des Bishop is himself a cancer survivor and urged members of the public to show their support for the growing number of people being diagnosed with the disease in Ireland.
Supercar spectacle, Cannonball, is set to for September 6 to September 8 with over 190,000 people expected to line the streets all around Ireland.
Top mark cars including McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley will blaze a trail through Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Mayo, Sligo, Meath and Offaly taking in the Wild Atlantic Way, Hidden Heartlands and Ireland’s Ancient East.
Cannonball has already raised €1,016,000 for Irish charities and, this year, funds will be raised for The Irish Cancer Society.
The charity funds lifesaving cancer research and a range of free support services for people affected by cancer.
Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society, said:
"More people are being diagnosed with cancer each year, which means more people need our help. With the help of supporters like Cannonball, we are determined to tackle this cancer problem head-on and do everything we can to help as many cancer patients as possible. None more so than children with cancer.
Services like our financial aid for families, nurses on our Cancer Nurseline and in Daffodil Centres throughout Ireland, who provide care for children going through cancer and their families.
"Without support from events like Cannonball and everybody who will come out to see these fantastic cars and teams, we would not be able to deliver our services across Ireland this year.
"We are so grateful to Alan, the team at Cannonball and all participants for choosing to support everyone affected by cancer this year.”
Founded by Kildare businessman Alan Bannon, Cannonball benefitted host towns with an estimated at €2,567,000 per year with the event making it as far as America in October as well as making headlines in Scotland, Wales and across the Continent with the excitement and spectacle that Cannonball is renowned for.
Celebrity Cannonballers over the years includes Boyzone’s Shane Lynch, former Miss World Rosanna Davison and husband Wes Quirke, Glenda Gilson, Rachel Allen, Kathryn Thomas, Miriam O’Callaghan, Georgia Salpa, and Ryan Tubridy.