A trio of businessmen are set to embark on a non-stop drive from Malin Head to Tarifa, Spain as part of a charity fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society.
The fundraiser is the brainchild of Letterkenny Shopping Centre manager, Brian McCracken and two of his colleagues, Páraic Naughton from Galway Shopping Centre and Kevin Doyle from Laois Shopping Centre.
The trio will undertake a non-stop charity drive from Donegal to Spain in a Kia Sorento, sponsored by Inishowen Motors.
The non-stop charity challenge will take place on Tuesday, 5th May and the trio will start their journey at Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head and drive to Spain’s most southerly point, Tarifa.
The journey is expected to last around 37 hours and the three shopping centre managers will take it in turns to drive the Kia Sorento throughout the trip.
CEO of Irish Cancer Society, John McCormack and Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising at the Irish Cancer Society, will meet the three men at Dublin Port, to wish them well on their charity challenge, before they board the ferry to Holyhead.
After the two hour sailing Brian, Páraic and Kevin will make the journey across the UK to Dover, Kent where they will board another ferry to Calais, France.
They’ll continue to drive across France and into Spain for the final stage of the 1,932 mile trek to Tarifa.
This is the third year that the trio have come together to raise money for charities and they have raised over €20,000 to date.
Since 2013, the men have climbed Mt. Killimanjaro, pushed a trolley from Letterkenny to Laois, via Galway, cycled a trandem (3 man bike) from Malin to Mizen as well as trekking 115km of the Sahara Desert.
Brian McCracken, manager of Letterkenny Shopping Centre, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Irish Cancer Society this year.
“We were over the moon when Seamus McLaughlin from Inishowen Motors agreed to provide us with the Kia Sorento for our charity challenge– it was a real boost towards a great cause.
“We’re also very grateful to Atlantic Travel Letterkenny for arranging sponsorship from Irish Ferries and P&O Ferries for our trip and to Top Oil for arranging fuel sponsorship.
“We know how hard it is for charities out there, so we’re just trying to raise some awareness and funds to help support the great work of the Irish Cancer Society.”
Robert O’Connor, chairperson of Relay For Life Donegal said: “It’s great to see new and innovative charity challenges like this one taking place.
“Every penny counts for the Irish Cancer Society and Relay For Life Donegal and the funds go towards much needed help with research, clinical trials, specialist nurses and palliative care.
“We wish Brian, Páraic and Kevin all the best on their journey to Tarifa and we thank them for undertaking this charity drive on our behalf”.
John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: ‘We would like to wish Brian, Páraic and Kevin the best of luck with their non-stop drive and express our sincere thanks to them and to their sponsors for their support.
“With cancer incidence in Donegal and across Ireland increasing, we rely on initiatives such as this to continue to fund collaborative cancer research work and to provide vital cancer services.’
Adding to this, Seamus McLaughlin, Inishowen Motors, said, “We’re happy to support the efforts of Brian and his colleagues.
“When they came to us earlier this year and told us that they were trying to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society, we were only too happy to offer one of our Kia Sorento’s for their journey.
“The new Kia Sorento is the perfect vehicle to make this trip and the whole team at Inishowen Motors wishes Brian and the boys all the best.
“We look forward to following their adventures in May.”
The Irish Cancer Society is the national cancer charity providing free services to cancer patients and their families as well as funding collaborative cancer research.