The Tenth Joe Way Paddle for Life started with dramatic scenes as three skydivers jumped from a plane at just 2,000ft.
The Paddle for Life in partnership with Newquay Towan Blystra Lions Club and Surf Life Saving Cornwall raises money from the paddlers entry money, food stalls, drink sales at the rowing club and the prize draw raffle.
Parachutists Ben, Andy and Dr Ryan Jackson who was one of Joe’s doctors when he was treated at Treliske gave the crowds a real show, landing in the sea next to the mouth of Newquay Harbour. Ben, who also jumped at last year’s event, had the honor of deploying Joe’s flag which went without a hitch much to the delight of the crowds. The three skydivers were then rescued by Cornwall Surf Life Saving and entered the harbor to huge applause, their next task was to start the first paddle heat.
The annual charity paddle has a great musical sunset session and this year's line-up consisted of Steel Appeal, local sensation Daisy Clark, The Blues Brothers on the run who ended up running through the crowds in front of the rowing club whilst performing and The Ferris Wheel Junkies who had a great set in the Rowing Club.
Titan the Robot gave another spectacular show bringing the event to a standstill whilst entertaining for free.
The paddle races saw children of all abilities paddling in memory of the Newquay toddler with commentary from Nick Williams, Dean Woods and Matt Way.
The paddle relay was won by Newquay Surf Life saving Club and, with 20 teams taking part, it was the fiercest competition to date.
The RNLI race was one of the most competitive so far, after a speech from Matt Way (Joe’s dad) which fired up all the lifeguards. Mawgan Porth won the relay and the Joe Way Memorial Cup for the first time, even though four of the team where in fancy dress. The big gun’s trophy was won by Jasmin Mann.
The Paddle event has a lot of local business support and great raffle prizes. The Way family would to thank the following people: Cornwall Surf Life Saving, Newquay Surf Life Saving, Lusty Surf Life Saving, Perran Signs, P&J Print, The Garage Co, Andy Loo’s, Hutton hire, SW Hire, Skinners Ales, The Rowing Club, Bookers of Newquay, Ultra Entertainment, Millstone Sound, Beach Safety Team, Frontline Security, Purple Gecko Events, First Response GB, Newquay Activity Centre, Water safety provided by Cornwall Surf Life Saving, Newquay Harbour Sports, Harbour Master, Coastal Crepes, Newquay Fisherman, POW Energy Water, Ben Skinner, Tom Butler, Newquay Towan Blystra Lions and all the family and friends who helped and supported the event.
The following charities also supported the event: The Wave Project, Children's Hospice Southwest and Cornwall Hospice Care.
This year's event is looking at a record total of £7,000.00 with final amounts coming in and will be given to various charities in the coming weeks.
Matt continued: “It has been great that Cornwall Surf Life Saving has taken over the water safety and Towan Blystra Lions have taken over the land based side which has taken the pressure off and has ensured the longevity of Joe’s Paddle. As a family, we are very proud of how the town has made this event so special and we are looking forward to our tenth event next year”.
Phil Bunt, secretary of Towan Blystra Lions Club said: “Joe’s Paddle for Life has grown to be one of Newquay’s most enjoyable and worthwhile days and our club are delighted to be able to support it and help raise important funds to support local charities and good causes.”
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