The Tenth Joe Way Paddle for Life got underway with a spectacular scene, as three skydivers from Cornwall Skydive jumped from a plane at just 2,000ft, landing into the sea at Newquay Harbour. There were gasps and cheers from the crowd of over 1000 including 400 who entered the Paddle for Life this year.
Local boy Joe, was born with a rare genetic condition called Angelman’s Syndrome and died on the 7th May 2008 aged 4. He had been labelled a miracle boy after surviving meningitis, a potentially deadly skin reaction SJS and survived numerous superbugs. He sadly died of complete organ failure after suffering from Steven Johnson Syndrome for a second time.
The Joe Way Paddle for Life is in partnership with Newquay Towan Blystra Lions Club and Surf Life Saving Cornwall and at this year’s event raised a record £7,896.00. This was a combined effort of money raised from the paddlers entry money, food stalls, drink sales at the rowing club, prize draw raffle, sponsorship and a Crowdfunder page.
Singer song writer James Morrison donated a signed guitar which raised £500.00 and the winning bidder was Matt’s Cousin Brian Way who is based in Portsmouth but is a great supporter of the Paddle for Life. A total of £1210.00 was raised on the Crowdfunder page.
Local surf club Wave Slaves raised £405.00 in sponsorship alone for their paddle teams and this was donated back to the club. The burger van raised £719.00, Coastal Crepes raised £378.00, Skinners Brewery and the Newquay rowing club raised £200.00. The entry money from the paddlers along with all the raffle and other donations this year was the most raised at this yearly event with a record £855.00.
The Garage Company have supported the event for the second year running and was joined by Andy Loo's, Newquay Towan Blystra Lions and Colourworx Accident Repair Centre.
Each of the sponsors donated £500.00 to get the charity pot started which raised £2000.00.
The charities that are receiving donations this year are The Children’s Hospice Southwest, Assert (who supports children with Angelman’s Syndrome) Newquay Towan Blystra Lions Club, Cornwall Hospice Care, Lusty Glaze Surf Life Saving Club, Combate Surfers, Newquay Surf Life Saving Club, Sainsbury’s chosen charity, Hayle Surf Life Saving Club, Cornwall Surf Life Saving Club, Bowel Cancer West, The Wave Project, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Ronald Macdonald House Bristol, and the mental health charity Mind.
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.
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 the most competitive to date, 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 were in fancy dress. The Big Gun’s Trophy was won by Jasmine Mann.