This year’s 'Paddle for Life' event at the end of June saw over 220 paddlers, the largest turn out so far, of all ages and abilities taking part in the 200m paddle, the 1km fun paddle and the new 1km relay, to do their bit to raise money for some of the 20 charities now supported by the Joe Way appeal.
The relay was won by the Newquay Activity Centre, who will now hold the 'Relay Inspirational Paddler' trophy for the next twelve months. Rob Barber said, “This year’s event was bigger than ever, there was an awesome showing from the local community and the hotly contested paddle relay saw some excellent performances. Newquay Activity Centre were stoked to win first place and will definitely be back to defend the title next year”.
The Highest fundraiser trophy went to the Wave Project, who raised over £400 and had a great time. The Wave Project is a community movement that was started by a group of surfers in Newquay, Cornwall. They wanted to use the freedom and fun of surfing as a way of helping disadvantaged young people to feel happier.
The fifth Newquay Joe Way Paddle for life was hailed another success after a great turn out.
Although the weather was against the event Newquay turned out in force. Steel Appeal, Newquay’s biggest steel band took shelter and kept playing to keep the paddlers going, Douglas the paddle dog, Harry Kazzam made balloon surfers for the kids, Dance group “Untitled” came up from Penzance to perform, Joe Francis sang on the harbour side and Lee Quinney from Straw dogs carried on in the rowing club and although it was the damp sessions rather than the sunset sessions everyone enjoyed the sounds of two of Cornwall’s finest.
This year’s event saw over 220 paddlers which is the biggest turn out of all ages and abilities taking part in the 200m, 1km fun paddle and the new 1km relay, to do their bit to raise money for some of the 20 charities now supported by the Joe Way appeal.
Matt Way said “we are so grateful that everyone braved the weather and I would like thank everyone for their hard efforts, it was great to see the all girl team from Pirate FM, surf clubs like Wave Slaves, SLSC and the wave project all taking part, we know that Joe would be very proud of what’s been achieved in his name over the last four years”.
Thursday 23 August, 7pm, Towan Head to Newquay Harbour.
Come along and join our community board paddle to Welcome Nowhereisland to Newquay next week.
Sara Garner is organising a community Welcome Flotilla to celebrate the arrival of Nowhereisland as it approaches Newquay. The Flotilla will greet Nowhereisland on Towan Head and lead it into Newquay Bay:- accompanied by Newquay Rowing Club including The Newquay (the world's oldest working pilot gig which is 200 years old this year!), private boats from Newquay Harbour and a community board paddle.