The Paddle for Life started after lifeguards from Fistral Beach held a Joe Way memorial paddle to raise money for charity in 2008. Joe is the inspirational little boy who touched people's lives around the country and beyond.
Our aim is to raise awareness of Joe’s story and inspire people to raise money for their chosen charity.
2020 Paddle For Life
The date of the 2020 Newquay Paddle for Life is Thursday 18th June... See you there...
Ellie Tyson, aged just 8, took part in the junior "TUFF ENUFF" endurance challenge in Penzance on Sunday 29th May.
The Tyson family, who knew Joe when he was alive, backed Ellie's challenge supporting the Newquay toddlers "Joe Way Appeal".
Ellie endured a 5k assault course over a variety of terrain including mud, rock and military obstacles which are designed to test strength, nerve and courage. She then tackled this course alone with enthusiasm and determination and despite getting stuck in the mud she never lost her nerve and always had a smile.
Ellie looked through the charities that Joe's appeal support and chose to donate the money to the 'Help Izzy Walk' campaign as she would love other children to have the same chances and opportunities that she has and is thrilled this will hopefully make a difference to another child's quality of life.
Matt Way, Joe's Dad, said; "We were really grateful for the donation and effort that Ellie made to get through the course, we think she was very brave and did an amazing job".
The ninth Joe Way Paddle for Life kicked its ‘Sunset Session' on the beach in glorious sunshine at Newquay Harbour.
The annual charity paddle has a great musical sunset session and this year's line consisted of The Steelers from Treviglas Community College in Newquay, Perranporth’s singer song writer Jamie Gifford and Newquay singer songwriter Emma Chamberlain with the Ten Bob Notes finishing the night in the Rowing Club.
The first paddle skydive was a huge hit for the crowds Ben, Dave and Andy Woods from the Cornish Parachute Club all jumped for FREE to support Joe's appeal, between them they have over 24,000 jumps.
Dave had a flag with Joe's face along with the paddle colours trailing behind him which was a great way to start the paddle and a real treat for the spectators.
Matt Way, Joe's Dad said; "We have been looking at doing the skydive for a few years as I’ve completed two tandem jumps with these guys and it all came together this year. Seeing the flag coming down from 2000ft made us all feel very proud of how Joe's story has inspired people and what the local community has helped us achieve over the last eight years to celebrate Joe's life."
Titan the Robot gave another spectacular show and storm troopers hung out at the photo bus giving spectators a photo opportunity to remember.
The paddle relay was won by Newquay Surf Life Saving with over 17 teams taking part.
The RNLI race was one of the fierce to date with Fistral taking the Relay and the Joe Way Memorial Cup.
The Paddle event has a lot of local business support and great raffle prizes and 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, Newquay Fruit Sales, Hutton hire, SW Hire, Skinners Ales, The Rowing Club, Callestick Ice Creams, Bookers of Newquay, Ultra Entertainment, Anton Roberts, Frontline Security, Beach safety team, Newquay Activity Center, Water safety provided by Cornwall Surf Life Saving, Newquay Harbour Sports, Harbour Master, Coastal Crepes, Christian Surfers, Newquay fisherman, POW Energy Water, Ben Skinner, Tom Butler, Newquay Lions and all the family and friends who helped and supported the event.
The raffle and Crowdfunder page were supported by Saltrock Clothing, Boardmasters, Retallack Aqua Park, Surfers against Sewage, The Garage Co, Ben Skinner, Tom Butler and Osprey surfboards.
The following charities also supported the event The Wave Project, Children's Hospice Southwest, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Cornwall Hospice Care and Surfers Against Sewage.
This year's event is looking at a total of £5000.00 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 which has taken the pressure off and allowed us to look at new ideas such as the skydive. 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.”
To see photos of the 2016 Paddle for Life CLICK HERE.
The ninth Joe Way 'Paddle for Life' gets ready for its ‘Sunset Session’ on the beach on Thursday 23rd June, 4.30pm at Newquay Harbour.
Titan the Robot is returning and, for the first time, the Cornish Parachute Club will be dropping in from between 2000 to 5000 feet and landing on Towan beach in the first Paddle SKYDIVE demo.
Matt Way, Joes dad, said; "I've jumped with these guys twice and they are the best in Europe".
The skydive demonstration is between 4.00pm - 5.30pm and is weather dependant, the three skydivers Ben, Dave and Andy are jumping for free to support Joe's appeal. Between them they have over 24,000 jumps.
Director Ben Wood from CPC said; "Since meeting Matt 8 years ago when he first skydived with us, we have been inspired by Joe's story and humbled by his families strength. We have Paddle for Life stickers with Joe's photo on, displayed proudly on our aircraft. We are so pleased that this Skydive display has finally come to fruition as its something we have wanted to be part of for a few years now, jumps like this, that support such a worthy cause don't come up very often so we are just praying now for good weather on the day".
Long term supporter Titan the Robot is taking time out from his global schedule to entertain the crowds yet again and will be bring everyone back down to earth between 6.30pm - 7.00pm.
The Paddle for Life event raises money from the paddlers entry money, food stalls, drink sales at the rowing club and the prize draw raffle.
Matt Way, Joe’s dad, said; “We are looking forward to the Skydive demo, Titan and the live music this year as the event keeps getting bigger, we are so grateful for the business support that we have and Titan, the Cornish Parachute Club and all the bands who are taking part for free to entertain the town”.
The annual charity paddle has a great musical sunset session with The Steelers who are a 20 piece Caribbean style steel pan orchestra from Treviglas Community College in Newquay.
Perranporths singer song writer Jamie Gifford will be entertaining the crowds with a rock and roll vibe.