Changes to Convoy

The i98FM Camp Quality Convoy is broadening its focus in 2016 with a new name and greater charitable reach.

The region’s biggest one-day fundraising event has been rebadged as the i98FM Illawarra Convoy to reflect its commitment to broaden the support to the Illawarra and South Coast community, including the founding beneficiary, Camp Quality.

Illawarra Convoy creator Marty Haynes says the move reflects the growth and success of the charity drive during the past 11 years.

“We began with the goal of raising $20,000 for kids and their families who are living with cancer and in the first year the Illawarra community took up the gauntlet and donated $52,000. That generosity has grown to the point that we now feel we can broaden the scope of our support to the many worthy charitable causes in the region,” he said.

“Our region is well known for its generosity and with the encouragement of the trucking and biking community, we believe this is a step forward to expand our beneficiaries.”

“Camp Quality does amazing work for children with cancer and we can continue to support their efforts while extending our reach to other groups and individuals.”

i98FM Station Manager Sean O’Shannassy says the convoy has raised more than $7.7 million in its 11-year history and is in a prime position to help the community it serves on multiple levels.

“Due to our position in the community and the goodwill that has been established as a direct result of Convoy, i98FM is regularly inundated with requests for assistance from charities and individuals within the Illawarra,” he said.

“While we do our best to help wherever we can, we are often unable to assist those who reach out to us in the meaningful way that we’d like to. With the continued generosity of those in our region, this development now means that donations will not only support Camp Quality, but also help others that are in need. It’s certainly an exciting time for all of us involved in Convoy and we are thrilled that the event has evolved to a point where it can have an even greater impact on our community.”

The event will now be called the i98FM Illawarra Convoy.

The Convoy is broadening its focus to reflect its commitment to supporting a range of groups and individuals in the Illawarra along with its founding beneficiary, Camp Quality. The move reflects the growth and success of the charity drive during the past 11 years.

Yes. Camp Quality remains a beneficiary of the Illawarra Convoy. Camp Quality does amazing work for children with cancer and we can continue to support their efforts while extending our reach to others. Camp Quality will receive a designated amount of funding from the 2016 Illawarra Convoy which will ensure the charity can continue to provide services to local children and their families living with cancer.

As well as being named the i98FM Illawarra Convoy, the funds raised at the event will be shared between Camp Quality and other selected groups and individuals. All other aspects of the event including the route, participation and fun day in Albion Park will remain the same.

The Illawarra Convoy was created by i98FM Breakfast announcer Marty Haynes and has been run by i98FM alongside Camp Quality and a dedicated local committee for 11 years. Camp Quality will no longer be involved in the planning and logistics of running Convoy however they will remain a beneficiary of the Foundation. i98FM will continue to run the event in the future with this committee. Any enquiries about the planning of Convoy need to be directed to Mark Rigby at rigbym@i98illawarraconvoy.com.au

We began with the goal of raising $20,000 for kids and their families who are living with cancer and in the first year the Illawarra community took up the gauntlet and donated $52,000. That generosity has grown each year and Convoy has now raised more than $7.7 million in its 11-year history.

As well as continuing to donate funds to Camp Quality, Convoy will contribute to a range of local groups and individuals through the development of the Illawarra Community Foundation. The administrative and financial costs of running the event will now be managed by members of the Foundation, leaving Camp Quality to focus on what they do best, helping children and their families through their cancer journey.

The Foundation will determine how the funding is distributed and will provide regular updates on where the monies are going.

Yes. i98FM regularly receives requests for assistance from groups and individuals within the Illawarra and part of the submission process will consider geographical location.

Groups and individuals can apply via a submissions process AFTER this year’s Convoy when we know how much has been raised.

All funds raised will be pooled and distributed by the Foundation through the submissions process. Individual donators cannot choose a recipient to distribute their funds to but all applicants who fit the criteria are welcome to apply for funding once submissions open after this year’s Convoy.

The Foundation will share details of the fundraising recipients as part of the processes in its constitution and will be fully transparent.

The Illawarra Community Foundation assumes responsibility for ensuring all funds raised by the event are distributed to charities in need and is accountable for the decisions made. We want to ensure the funds raised through the Illawarra community who have supported this event so strongly over the years can benefit the greatest amount of people.

The Foundation will comprise a dedicated team of people who are involved in the organisation and continuing success of the event as well as those with the skills and experience to best distribute and manage the funds.