Charity car run is set to visit Lisburn

From left to right: Johnboy Nicholl with Subaru NI dealers Noel Gormley, Pat McCaffrey, Des Eastwood.
From left to right: Johnboy Nicholl with Subaru NI dealers Noel Gormley, Pat McCaffrey, Des Eastwood.

Subaru Owners Ireland is set to host a charity car run on Saturday September 12, which will make its way to Lisburn, in support of Ballycastle Deafblind archer, John (Johnboy) Nicholl.

John, who self-funds all his archery activities, is profoundly deaf and severely visually impaired.

He recently achieved 3rd place in the British Indoor Championships and competes in next month’s British Outdoor Championships.

Local people can support the event when it will conclude at Eastwood Motors in Lisburn, with a family fun day and entertainment.

John aims to participate in two important competitions early in 2016, and qualify for the World Championships later that year.

Johnboy said: “My ultimate goal is to compete in the Paralympic games in Japan 2020.”

Currently ranked 3rd in the UK, Subaru Owners Ireland and Subaru’s Northern Ireland dealer network are proud to support such a dedicated athlete and worthy cause.

Norman McCudden, Project Manager, Deafblind NI explained: “It is a costly activity for an athlete with a combined sight and hearing impairment.

“It takes a team of four to train together in between competitions and travel to compete at the actual championships.

“We are extremely grateful to the Subaru Owners Club and Subaru UK for supporting John, it will make all the difference to his chances of success.”

“We admire John’s talent, dedication and hard work,” said Des Eastwood of Eastwood Motors Lisburn. “And are delighted to be involved with such a worthwhile local cause.

“We will do all we can to assist Subaru Owners Ireland maximise fundraising from this event and help Johnboy to realise his Olympic dream.”

The Subaru Owners event takes in key stages of the Circuit of Ireland, and Ulster Rallies. Drivers will set off from the 3 Subaru Northern Ireland dealers in Enniskillen, Dungannon and Lisburn.

All funds raised during the event will go towards helping Johnboy to get closer to his Paralympic dream, and there will be a raffle on the day. 

Participants are welcome from across the UK and Ireland, entries cost £10 per vehicle and pre-registration for drivers is at

If you can’t make it on the day, you can still support Johnboy through his ‘Go Fund Me’ account at