Local businesses raise $1,928,492.
The final tally for i98FM’s Illawarra Convoy was announced this morning by Breakfast Show hosts Marty Haynes, Christie Hayes and Ryan Cram. The Convoy which was held last Sunday November 19, raised an astounding $1,928,492 beating last year’s record of $1,805,306
Now in its 13 year, the event saw 714 trucks and 927 motorbikes travel 70 kilometres from Illawarra Coal’s West Cliff Colliery at Appin, through the streets of the Illawarra, to finish up at the Croome Road Sporting Complex in Albion Park Rail.
Last week, the opportunity to take the coveted position as the lead truck in the Convoy was fought out live on air with Marty, Fairlie and Crammy.
Winning top spot with a bid of $302,000 was the ‘Dandaloo Boys’, a group consisting of local businesses, The Dandaloo Hotel, Coastal Windows & Doors, Doherty Transport, Illawarra Engineering Services and Snare Fabrication.
In addition to the $302,000 winning donation, MJ Rowles contributed $213,447, Derek McMahon from the People’s Truck also contributed $172,000, along with Bingo Industries $100,000 and Illawarra Truck Repairs and Spares $90,000.
Leading the motorbikes in the Convoy with the winning amount of $70,513 was Carr brothers Motorcycles, followed by Caltex Illawarra at $42,000, Park Custom Bike & Tattoo Show $26,000 and the Mount Kembla & City Coast Motorcycles bid of $17,242.
This morning’s announcement now means that a total of $11,450,158 has been raised in the Convoy’s 13 year history.
All money raised in this year’s event will go to the Illawarra Community Foundation who will distribute funds to local charities and families who are facing life-threatening illness. Submissions for funding can be made at the Convoy website www.illawarraconvoy.com.au
Convoy Founder and i98FM Breakfast Show host Marty Haynes said of this morning’s result “It never ceases to amaze me how generous the people of the Illawarra are. This money will help to make a real difference to those who are bravely facing other illnesses and hardships in our community. To everyone who has supported Convoy, thank you…be nothing but proud of yourselves.”