There were no honking horns, waving hands or hundreds of trucks rolling through the city, but the much-loved i98fm Illawarra Convoy still managed to raise more than $1 million for cancer charities in 2020.
Organisers on Monday revealed the final fundraising tally had reached $1,050,327.11, bringing the event's total to $17,215.425.02 over the course of its 16-year run.
This is the first time in the event's history that the truck and motorbike Convoy and family fun day were unable to go ahead as planned.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, fundraising activities such as dinners, golf days and trivia nights were also cancelled.
The road event was replaced with Convoy at Home on Sunday, November 15, which included a Convoy-themed i98fm breakfast radio show, a virtual concert, and a two-hour WIN TV special.
People were encouraged to support Convoy this year by buying Convoy merchandise and celebrating Convoy at Home by decorating their houses, trucks, pets, boats, caravans and more.
"We were blown away by the continued support of Convoy this year, and the creativity of our supporters," said Convoy Founder Marty Haynes.
"Hundreds of images were posted to our social media accounts, and the fundraising continued despite the fact we couldn't go ahead with Convoy in its traditional form."
Leading the fundraising charge this year was Coles Illawarra with a donation of $156,000, followed by $102,020 from BlueScope, $100,000 from the Peoples Truck and McMahons Transport, and $70,000 from First Choice Earthworks from Robertson.
Local kids also helped raise funds for Convoy, such as Little Leo from Oak Flats, who brought in $2020, and several children who have been supported by Convoy over the years, including Charli Gerrey ($13,178), Piper Williams ($3248.20), The Ebbs and Northey Families ($1787.65) and Hugh Paramanis-Skinner ($660.70).
All monies raised in this year's event will go to the Illawarra Community Foundation who will distribute funds to families affected by potentially life-threatening medical conditions, as well as local charities working with these people, and local hospitals.
Submissions for funding are open year round and information can be found on the Convoy website, www.illawarraconvoy.com.au