Tynan Motors multi-million expansion in the Illawarra and major health research fundraiser

Health drive: Dylan Smith, of Optus North Wollongong, Peter Christopher, of SMRF, Madeline Tynan, of Tynan Motors, Corinne Whiteman, of Fairfax Media, Evengelia and Jonni Nicolaou, of Lagoon Restaurant. Picture: Greg Ellis

Health drive: Dylan Smith, of Optus North Wollongong, Peter Christopher, of SMRF, Madeline Tynan, of Tynan Motors, Corinne Whiteman, of Fairfax Media, Evengelia and Jonni Nicolaou, of Lagoon Restaurant. Picture: Greg Ellis

The Tynan Motors Group is planning a major community fundraising event for health research as it begins a multi-million dollar expansion of its business interests in the Illawarra.

The motor dealership recently purchased a site in the Shellharbour area where it will develop a state-of-the-art facility that will include new and used vehicle sales, technical centre, parts distribution and financing. The plan is for the site to be the largest and most modern of its type in the Illawarra to cater for the rapid development and growth corridor opportunities of future residential development. The Tynan family business has been in the region for a decade with dealerships at Wollongong, Albion Park and Nowra.

In launching the expansion marketing director Madeline Tynan also announced a charity fundraiser already being supported in Wollongong by Optus, Lagoon Restaurant, University of Wollongong, Novotel, WIN Television and the Illawarra Mercury.

 The Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge on October 22 and 23 is a 100 kilometre walk from the University of Wollongong to St George in support of research at St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation. There will also be teams of paddlers paddling up the coast to Cronulla and a car rally. Funds will be raised from members of the community sponsoring participants.

Ms Tynan said her father, who died in February, was a great believer in giving back to the community.

“As a family we are committed to promoting growth in the Illawarra and supporting community organisations. Medical research is an important part of that commitment,’’ she said.

Other supporters include St George Bank, Tribe Fitness, Westfield Miranda and Mercedes Club.

Ms Tynan said the walk was being limited to 100 people and would include high profile footballers from the St George Illawarra Dragons, Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison and NSW Environment & Heritage Minister Mark Speakman.

Further information and registrations at michaeltynanchallenge.com.

The Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge:

  • Saturday October 22 the walk starts at the University of Wollongong and arwe then bussed to Lady Wakehurst Drive at Otford where they will pick up the scenic coastal walk to Bundeena where they will meet up with the paddlers and catch the ferry to Cronulla.
  • The day ends with dinner with participants from the other challenges at Southern Districts Rugby Club.
  • Sunday October 23 walkers will meet at Westfield Miranda and hike to St George Leagues Club via Tynan Motors dealerships at Sutherland and Kirrawee, Tribe Fitness, Sutherland & St George Hospitals. There will be fun checkpoints along the way with massages, BBQ’s, Tribe Fitness checks and Optus Challenge checkpoints.
  • The car rally leaving the University of Wollongong at 1pm will be an “observation trial’’ where drivers and their navigators will be sent off on to various locations on a treasure hunt.
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