The sixth Joe Way Paddle for Life lands four Cornish bands for it’s Sunset Session on the beach on Thursday 6th June at Newquay Harbour.
The annual charity paddle has a great musical sunset session on the beach with Ben Sutcliffe from “The String Peoples Foundation”, Cornwall’s “The Straw Dogs”, Newquays "Steel Appeal", who are a 10 piece steel drum band and another local Newquay band "The Racketeers" to finish off in the Rowing Club.
The charity fun paddle starts at 4pm and at around 6.30pm Titan the Robot will arrive to entertain the crowds.
Matt Way. Joe’s dad, said; “We are looking forward to the live music this year as the event keeps getting bigger, we are so grateful for the support that we have and the bands all playing for free to entertain the town”.
Soundworx, owned by Anton Robots who has helped run the last five paddles, will be providing all the PA for the bands as well as the beach and event PA.
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Paddlers and swimmers ages start from 5 years upwards and the entry fee is £10 per adult and £5 per child (under 18’s) which is paid on the day with everyone also getting a certificate, free prize ticket and a discount voucher for food. The event is about family fun and everyone helps each other along.
The event starts at 4pm and the last registration and time in the water is 6.30pm so there is plenty of time to arrive when people have finished work, Titan the Robot and the lifeguard race is just after 6.30pm. Boards are provided with lots of help from Newquay Surf Life Savers so all you need is your wetsuit or trunks, swimmers, SUP’s and canoes are welcome.
Paddle entry fees are £5 per child (under 16) and £10 per Adult Paddle and SUP team relays are £15 per team per race - Spectators, The Music and Titan are all free
Team Joe and its supporters have raised over £111,450.00 of which £71,000.00 has gone towards building Cornwall’s first children’s hospice which opened in March 2012.
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”.