The Newquay Paddle went ahead as planned on the 3rd September at Newquay Harbour. Despite the weather being hit and miss and the swell being all over the place the conditions came good for the event, even the sun made an appearance from time to time. Over 300 spectators attended the event to watch and support the 90 paddlers. A great time was had by all and over £7000 was raised for at least 11 charities.
Newquay Surf Life Saving Club kicked off the event with Sue Butler organising the kids’ relays. Sue Butler said, “This has been a great event and a fun way to remember Joe who I was lucky enough to have known”.
Already 15 charities have joined up with Joe’s paddle and they range from the Precious Lives Appeal, Surfer Against Sewage, The Handstand appeal, RNLI, Tanya’s Courage, Shelter Box, Cornwall Hospice, Air Ambulance along with others including charities outside of the south west.
Local surfer Alan Stokes, one of Joe's "usual suspects", signed another surf board given to the Joe Way Paddle team which is being raffled at Hendra Holiday Park for Cornwall Hospice, the Skindog long board has already raised over £600 for the Precious Lives Appeal and has appeared at Monkey Tree Holiday Park and the Ripcurl shop in Newquay.
Hendra Holiday Park who have raised over £5000 for Joe’s website which went to the Precious Lives Appeal is now raising funds for Cornwall Hospice.
Shelter Box fundraising manager Becky Maynard said: ‘We’re delighted to be involved in this amazing event and to be joining up with charities from across the South West. Joe’s story is truly inspirational – all charities try to bring people some degree of hope and we can all learn something from Joe’s courage in fighting against overwhelming odds.’
Rachel Barclay, fundraiser for Surfers Against Sewage, says, "SAS is stoked to be a part of The Joe Way Paddle for Life 2009. We're currently recruiting supporters to take part in the paddle and raise some vital funds for our clean water campaigns - contact us on 01872 533001 if you'd like to get involved."
Jo Hillman from the BSA said “The British Surfing Association is more than happy to support the Joe Way paddle and believe the charity paddle for life is a great idea”.
Ben Skinner who launched the Paddle for life website has just returned from competing in Japan, Ben managed to find the time to explain about Joe’s story and the concept of the Joe Way Paddle for Life to some of world’s top long boarders as well as surfing legend Nat Young.
CLICK HERE to see Skindog competing in Japan.
Joe’s Banner has travelled over 78,000km spreading the Aloha spirit of Joe’s story to inspire others which also has The Precious Lives appeal logo on.