Illawarra Convoy raises a huge $2m
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.
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There were some great-looking trucks in the convoy.
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.