Truckies dig deep for convoy
i98FM Illawarra Convoy founder Marty Haynes couldn't be more thankful to all the great men and women who truck up and down the country all week, sometimes driving huge kilometres, and then take part in the convoy.
"Convoy is a big hit right across Australia and to see the trucking fraternity come together for such a great cause (is amazing),” Marty said.
"You've gotta take your hat off to those men and women who are out on the highway all week, get home, get the truck washed, get in the convoy and leave again on Sunday to go back to work.”
Marty, who is also a breakfast radio host on i98FM, encouraged everyone to get along to this year's event on November 18.
"(Convoy) has been such a great success in the Illawarra and Wollongong area. Over the last 13 years we've raised $11.45 million,” he said.
"It's an incredible day with a lot of incredible people in our region, coming far and wide for the convoy.
"Convoy was started up by the great John 'The Ferret' Moran in Brisbane and his legacy is certainly living on.”
Marty said money raised goes towards the Illawarra Community Foundation, which helps children in the region with cancer or other terminal illnesses.
In 2017, the event saw 714 trucks and 931 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.
Registrations are open to all truck and motorbike enthusiasts who can take part for a $30 donation.
The coveted position as the lead truck in the Convoy was fought out live on air with The Dandaloo Boys, a group consisting of local businesses The Dandaloo Hotel, Costal Windows and Doors, Doherty Transport, Illawarra Engineering Services and Snare Fabrication winning top spot with a bid of $302,000.
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 and Tattoo Show $26,000 and the Mount Kembla & City Coast Motorcycles bid of $17,242.
This year the convoy will depart under police escort from the Illawarra Coal's West Cliff Colliery on Appin Rd at about 8am and follow a route that will take them down Mt Ousley through Warrawong and past Stockland Shellharbour, then into the Illawarra Regional Airport for a free family fun day with entertainment, kids rides, market stalls, motocross demonstrations and the arrival of the truck and bike convoy from 8.30am.
Truck and Motorbike registrations are now open online at www.illawarra