Despite persistent rain, thousands turned out for the 2021 i98FM Illawarra Convoy on Sunday, with $1.145 million already raised from the bike and trucks auctions even before the first truck rolled out.
Anticipation had built all week leading up to the event which sees trucks and bikes making their way down Mount Ousley and through to Wollongong and Shellharbour.
Thursday bidding was already hotly contested for lead truck, with $605,000 raised for both the truck and bike bid compared to last year’s figure of $50,000 and a total of $800,000 in three years.
The Illawarra Convoy supports families affected by potentially life-threatening medical conditions with food and fuel vouchers, medical equipment, schooling needs and pharmacy accounts. It also supports local charities working with these patients and local hospitals with a year-round funding program.
‘Kye’s Convoy Dream’ secured pole position with a donation of $95,000. Peter and Sheridan Yates made the winning bid in memory of their late son Kye who passed away when he was 10. The convoy supports some of Kye’s mates with a disability.
The final fundraising figure will be released officially on Wednesday.
More information on how to donate and more can be found here.