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This year’s event saw a footfall of over a thousand spectators for the third year running and 400 paddlers of all ages and abilities taking part in the 200m Paddle, 1km Fun Paddle, 1km Relay, Monster SUP Tug-of-War (run by Harbour Water Sports) and the RNLI Joe Way Memorial Cup Paddle to do their bit to raise money for some of the 20 charities now supported by the Joe Way Appeal.
The sunset sessions kicked off with Steel Appeal followed by BBC's "The Voice" star Adam Issac. Ben Sutcliff and October followed on the Harbour Stage over looking the beach. Newquay band Beachfield then performed to a packed rowing club and kept the party going. The musicians all played for free and with the best of what the southwest music scene has to offer it was an electric atmosphere in the harbor which continued in the rowing club.
Titan the Robot, who is a long time supporter of the Joe Way Appeal, was back and entertained hundreds of people putting on an amazing show as always in his hometown.
Matt Way said; “As a family we live with the loss of Joe every day but one day a year we have the most amazing celebration of his short but action packed life, we are very grateful for this event and we know Joe would be very proud of what has been achieved in his memory”.
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Once again local businesses and charities ensured the event was run to a high standard and the Way family would like to thank: P&J Print, Perranporth signs, Anton Roberts of Soundworx, Newquay BID, Start and Co, Newquay Activity Center, Purple Gecko Events, In Safe Hands Training, Skindog Surfboards, Tom Butler Surfing, Scott Dickinson Creative, Hutton Hire, Gould Radio, Skinners Ales, Bookers, Coastal Crepes, Caterers Ultra Entertainment, Newquay Lions, Sainsbury’s, Golant Fire, Newquay and Lusty Glaze SLSC, Newquay Southwest Hire, Frontline Security, Beach Safety - Karl Fice-Thompson, Owen Clements, Alex Way, Jorrin Massingham, Rick Bennett, Open Water Safety - K8, Event Water Safety, Newquay Harbour Sports, Ben Granata, Llyr Faragher, Duncan Wallace, Rosa Thompson, Coll Faragher, Matt Relton, Tom Butler, Pete Davis, Morgan and Selin from SLSC, Newquay’s fishermen, RNLI, Dean Woods, The Rowing Club, Julia and Anna, Sue Butler, Christian Surfers, Robie Robes, and the Harbour master who all supported the event.
The event also had a prize draw and prizes where donated by Lusty Glaze, Indo Board Europe, Saltrock, Boardmasters, Robie Robes, Surfers Against Sewage along with other great prizes. Some tickets have not been claimed and are listed on the Joe Way Facebook page.
Several charities also joined in at the harbour including The Wave Project, Cornwall Hospice Care, Little Harbour and Surfers Against Sewage.
The event raised almost £4000.00 with money still coming in which means the overall total for the Joe Way Appeal is over £132,000.00 which has been raised over the last seven years, you can still donate by going to Joe’s website.
Claire Way, Joe’s mum, said; “It was another great family event which really did our little boy proud, we are so lucky to have so much support Kate and Mary did a great job selling raffle tickets”.
The 1km relay was won this year by Newquay Activity Center after a hard fought race.
The overall winning team of the RNLI relay and the Joe Way Memorial Cup was North Fistral with the new Big Guns Cup going to a team made up of lifeguards from St Ives and Perranporth in a highly competitive battle between the RNLI beach lifeguards.
There will be a presentation in a couple of weeks to present the money to charities along with the highest fundraiser trophy and the new Inspirational Paddler Trophy which will see the winners names on a special trophy surfboard sponsored by Start & Co, Colourworx and Northshore Surf Shop.