This morning, Camp Quality’s Bill White announced the final tally for i98FM’s Camp Quality Convoy with i98 Breakfast Show hosts Marty Haynes and Bianca Dye.
This year’s Convoy which was held on Sunday, November 16, raised $1,539,907 for Camp Quality Illawarra.
The event which celebrated its 10 year anniversary last Sunday saw 791 trucks and over 1,200 motorbikes travel a distance of 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.
The i98FM Camp Quality Convoy is open to all Truckies and Motorbike enthusiasts who register to take part for a $30 donation. The preceding Thursday, the opportunity to take the coveted position as the lead truck in the Convoy was fought out live to air with Marty and Bianca. Winning top spot with a bid of $192,000 was ‘The People’s Truck’ owned by Derek McMahon of McMahon’s Transport.
Coastal Windows also contributed $160,000 to the cause, along with MJ Rowles’ $85,000 and Illawarra Truck Repairs and Spares’ $83,000.
In addition, the auction to lead the motorbikes in the Convoy was carried out last Wednesday with the winning bid of $60,000 going to local Camp Quality Mum Bec Stewart whose son Blaine was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
From the lead truck and bike bids alone, a total of $1,090,277 had been raised before an engine had even started. The figure announced this morning now means that $5,952,921.30 has been raised for Camp Quality since the inaugural event in 2005.
All funds raised go directly to Camp Quality Illawarra who brightens the lives of kids with cancer by bringing hope and happiness to them and their families through dedicated support programs.
To top off the day, a crowd of over 10,000 people attended the Croome Rd Sporting Complex in Albion Park to see Guy Sebastian, Taylor Henderson, Dami Im and local band The Villains perform.
For anyone wishing to see more of this year’s event, a documentary about the Convoy will air on the WIN Network on Saturday, December 21.