Illawarra Con­voy raises a huge $2m

Big Rigs - - ILLAWARRA CONVOY -

THE fi­nal tally for i98FM’s Illawarra Con­voy was rounded up af­ter a do­na­tion from Bluescope’s Dave took the to­tal from $1,936,868.70 to a neat $2 mil­lion, the high­est amount raised in the 14-year his­tory of the event.

On the day of the con­voy, 721 trucks and 965 mo­tor­bikes will trav­elled 70km from Illawarra Coal’s West Cliff Col­liery at Ap­pin, through the streets of Illawarra, fin­ish­ing up at the new home of the con­voy, Illawarra Re­gional Air­port.

The con­voy ar­rived at the air­port for a huge free fam­ily fun day, fea­tur­ing live en­ter­tain­ment from The Choir­boys and Sheppard, lo­cal band The In­ci­den­tals and the Yat­con FMX Freestyle Mo­tocross rid­ers.

Con­voy founder and i98FM Break­fast Show host Marty Haynes said the gen­eros­ity of the Illawarra peo­ple never ceased to amaze him.

“This money will help to make a real dif­fer­ence to those who are bravely fac­ing other ill­nesses and hard­ships in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

“To ev­ery­one who has sup­ported the con­voy, thank you – be noth­ing but proud of your­selves.”

A to­tal of $13,450,158 has been raised in the con­voy’s 14 years, with all funds raised go­ing to the Illawarra Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, which will dis­trib­ute funds to lo­cal char­i­ties and fam­i­lies who are fac­ing life-threat­en­ing ill­ness.

Sub­mis­sions for fund­ing and do­na­tions can be made at www.illawar­ra­con­voy. com.au.

PHO­TOS: MARK HOWARD IMAGES

FAN­TAS­TIC EVENT: More than 700 trucks took part in the NSW event, which raised a mas­sive $2 mil­lion.

There were some great-look­ing trucks in the con­voy.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Ready to head off in the lead truck are the Dan­daloo Boys Robert Star­cic, Alan Do­herty and Paul Hadley.

One of the trucks in the con­voy.

Many gen­er­ous truck­ies par­tic­i­pated in the Illawarra event.

Truck­ies helped raise funds for the con­voy foun­da­tion.

Huge crowds waved at the trucks driv­ing past.

En­joy­ing the con­voy.

Mo­tor­cy­clists too. par­tic­i­pated

A Ken­worth on the road.

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