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Cannonball cars to rev up in Westport

Cannonball run

Convoy of Cannonball cars get ready to rev up in Westport

Áine Ryan

THE WEST will certainly be awake to the vroom and roar of Cannonball 2011, in aid of Barretstown, on Saturday, September 10 next. A convoy of Cannonballers, with their 150 super cars, are all revved up and ready to roll into Westport around 6.30 pm.
The previous morning, Taoiseach Enda Kenny will drop the starting flag at 10am on Dublin’s Merrion Square. 
Here in Westport, Junior Minister for tourism, Michael Ring and Cathaoirleach of the Town Council, Christy Hyland, along with Miss Mayo, Mai Sweeney will carry out the official welcome for this charity drive. The extravanganza will be marked by live music, Brazilian dancers and the lighting of 500 candles at 9pm on Saturday night. 
To date Cannonball, sponsored by Stobart Ireland, has raised €235,000 for Barretstown which is committed to helping rebuild the lives of children who have had cancer.
Founded three years ago by Naas Businessman, Alan Bannon, it is now largest organised road trip in Europe.
Organisers say that this adrenalin-fuelled event is the most exciting motoring and social occasion of the year with some of the world’s finest cars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Aston Martin, Porche, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bentley & Mustang joining the colourful convoy.
Cannonball is a three-day event that starts in Dublin and visits Mondello in Kildare, Waterford and Cork on Friday, September 9; Bunratty Castle in Clare, Kylemore Abbey in Connemara National Park and Westport on Saturday September 10; Kinnitty Castle in Offaly and the medieval capital of Ireland, Kilkenny City, on Sunday, September 11.

EVERY week three children are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland However, due to the ever improving treatment process childhood cancer survival rates will have increased to 90% by the end of this decade. Barretstown is a Kildare-based camp uniquely designed for children who have been affected by a serious illness, primarily cancer, and their families. Barretstown, which is 96% voluntary funded, works to assist in the cancer recovery process through activity based therapy.

MORE www.cannonball.ie and next week’s Mayo News.