Convoy History


i98FM’s Illawarra Convoy has been a much-anticipated community event on the Illawarra calendar since it’s inception in 2005. Last year’s Convoy which was held on Sunday, November 19, raised an astounding total of $1,805,306 for The Illawarra Community Foundation & Camp Quality Illawarra.

The event which celebrated its 12th year in 2016 saw 720 trucks and over 1020 Bikes travel a distance of 70 kilometers 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 Illawarra 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 Fairlie. Winning top spot with a bid of $300,000 was ‘The Dandaloo Boys’.

The Peoples Truck also contributed $215,000 to the cause, along with MJ Rowles’ $131,000 and Illawarra Truck Repairs and Spares’ $102,000. The lead truck total for 2015 was $1,184,384. In addition, the auction to lead the motorbikes in the Convoy was carried out with the winning bid of $67,277.30 by The Kembla Caltex Lead Bike Team followed by Carr Brothers Motorcycles at $24,650.

The lead bike total for 2015 was $91,927.30. From the lead truck and bike bids alone, a total of $1,276,311.30 had been raised before an engine had even started. The total funds raised by Convoy 2016 was an amazing $1,805,306.

In 11 years, the Illawarra has generously donated a total of $9,521,666 to the Illawarra Convoy.

To top off the day, a crowd of over 10,000 people attended the Croome Rd Sporting Complex in Albion Park to see Alex Lloyd, supported by Whispering Jack, and The Villains, and amazing motorcross demonstrations provided by Yatcon Civil and City Coast Motorcycles, and some of the world’s best motorcross riders.

In 2005 when i98FM first set out to hold a Convoy for the Camp Quality kids, we could never have imagined how much the community would embrace our event the way they have.

Below are the figures for each year:

Year No. of Trucks No. of Motorbikes Total funds raised
2005 Approx 110 Approx 100 $47,978.70
2006 Approx 250 Approx 150 $93,829.96
2007 500+ 200 $179,555.45
2008 589 384 $287,967.70
2009 711 403 $341,487.33
2010 750 667 $536,234.75
2011 704 724 $691,570.01
2012 764 926 $1,034,921.54
2013 780 872 $1,191,816.22
2014 791 1,200 $1,539,907.00









Total funds raised since 2005 = $9,521,666