Convoy History

20 November, 2019


Wednesday, November 20 2019

This morning the final tally for i98FM’s Illawarra Convoy was announced with i98 Breakfast Show hosts Marty Haynes, Christie Hayes and Ryan Cram.The Convoy which was held last Sunday November 17, raised an astounding $2,760,974.25

The day saw 753 trucks and 913 motorbikes travel over 70 kilometres from Illawarra Coal’s West Cliff Colliery at Appin, through the streets of the Illawarra, to finish up at Shellharbour Airport. The Convoy arrived for a huge free family fun day, featuring live entertainment from The Hoodoo Gurus, The Veronicas, Jayne Denham local band Swells and The Yatcon FMX Freestyle Motocross riders.

Each year in the days before the event, bidding takes place for who will lead the motorbikes followed by the trucks in the Convoy. For the first time ever, one group secured the lead in both groups with ‘Kye’s Convoy Dream’. The Yates family of Peter, Sheridan and their two daughters lysha and Bella were front and centre on Sunday to honour the memory of their son and brother Kye Yates who tragically passed away in June this year. The family along with support from friends and the local community raised an astounding $105,000 to lead the motorbikes and $500,000 to lead the trucks in order to fulfil Kye’s longstanding wish of one day being at the front of the Convoy.

In addition to the above, donations from the truck and motorbike auction exceed last year’s final tally of $2 million dollars before an engine had even started. By last Thursday, $2,243,245 had already been raised by The Dandaloo Team, The People’s Truck, Illawarra Truck Repairs
and Spares, MJ Rowles, Coles Illawarra, Motocity, Superior Nutrition, Carr Brothers, Bikers 4 Heroes and many other local businesses who donated to the cause.

This morning’s announcement now means that a total of $16,165,097.91 has been raised in the Convoy’s 15 year history. All monies raised go to the Illawarra Community Foundation who will distribute funds to local charities and families who are facing life threatening illness. Submissions for funding and donations can be made at the Convoy website

Convoy Founder and i98FM Breakfast Show host Marty Haynes said of this morning’s result “It never ceases to amaze me how generous the people of the Illawarra are. This money will help to make a real difference to those who are bravely facing other illnesses and hardships in our community. To everyone who has supported Convoy, thank you…be nothing but proud of yourselves.”

For anyone wishing to see more of this year’s event, WIN NEWS Illawarra will feature a special report tonight from 6pm.

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 = $16,165,097.91

Convoy History