MATTOON -- The inaugural Coles County Truck Convoy for Make-A-Wish Illinois on June 29 raised $30,000 to help grant wishes for three critically ill children.

Convoy organizers recently totaled the proceeds raised from the registration fee of $50 per truck and other fundraising efforts that were part of this event. The convoy of 123 trucks drove from Charleston to Mattoon and back.

Make-A-Wish Illinois, a chapter of the national nonprofit organization, provides funding for vacations and other wishes made by critically ill children from throughout Illinois to give them something to look forward to and give their entire family a break from their normal routines.

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Mattoon residents Sid and Joy Eggers led efforts to organize this event after volunteering with a Franklin County Make-A-Wish convoy in Pennsylvania, where they had resided in recent years while Sid worked as a truck driver there. The Coles County Fairgrounds board provided a venue for holding this first ever Make-A-Wish Illinois convoy.

"I want to especially thank them for taking a chance on us. This was an unheard-of event in this area, We are not business people, Sid and I. They did not know if we were going to succeed or fail," Eggers said. "But, the board unanimously voted yes to us and took a chance on us."

Eggers said the tentative date for the second annual Coles County Truck Convoy has been scheduled for June 20, 2020.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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