St George Illawarra's partnership with the Illawarra Community Foundation and the i98FM Illawarra Convoy for the Dragons' Round 17 clash against the Canberra Raiders on Sunday, July 14 has helped raised over $31,000.
The Dragons' donation of $1 for every ticket sold (9,159 people in attendance), and the successful auction of the game's coin toss and a corporate hospitality package on i98FM saw the Red V raise $10,659 for the Illawarra Community Foundation and i98FM Convoy.
With Venues NSW and the NRL agreeing to donations that matched what the Dragons raised for the event, the Illawarra Community Foundation and i98FM Illawarra Convoy were on a Tuesday the recipients of a cheque for $31,977.
Importantly, the winner of the i98FM auction donated the prize back to the Illawarra Community Foundation so a family that directly benefits from the convoy could attend the game.
Other convoy families took part in the guard of honour as the NRL team ran on to the field while there were convoy hoodies sold at the match and a convoy vehicle display outside of WIN Stadium.
Awareness was raised for the i98FM Illawarra Convoy through on-field interviews with families who directly benefit from the convoy and community foundation, while over 200 participants in the Dragons' annual dance spectacular wore convoy-branded shirts.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg, NSW Venues' Matthew Spicer and St George Illawarra player Paul Vaughan were all on hand in Wollongong on Tuesday to present the cheque to Illawarra Community Foundation manager Mark Rigby.
Celebrating its 15th year in 2019, the i98FM Illawarra Convoy is the largest truck convoy (721 trucks and 900 motorbikes) in the southern hemisphere, and one of the largest regional one-day fundraising events in Australia given it has raised over $14 million in the past 14 years.