The eighth Joe Way Paddle for Life gets ready for its ‘Sunset Session’ on the beach on Thursday 18th June at Newquay Harbour.
Local boy Joe was born with a rare genetic condition and died in May 2008 aged 4. He had been labeled a miracle boy after surviving meningitis, a potentially deadly skin reaction SJS, numerous superbugs but finally died of complete organ failure after suffering from Steven Johnson Syndrome for a second time.
Since his death his parents have campaigned tirelessly to raise money for over 20 causes in his name, raising more than £128,000 in total.
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.
Boardmasters are supporting the event for the third time with two weekend camping tickets to Cornwall’s biggest surfing festival which has a huge line up at Watergate bay this August along with the UK’s biggest surfing competition held at Fistral beach in Newquay.
This years clothing sponsor is Saltrock clothing who are giving a whopping £500 worth of clothing vouchers to spend at their Newquay store not far from the event location of Newquay harbour.
“Saltrock is proud to support the Joe Way Paddle for Life, a wonderful event raising vital funds to improve lives,” says Marketing Manager Katie Goodfellow. “Joe’s family is creating a magnificent legacy in his name, and we’re delighted to help them raise money and bring the community together for a great event.”
Robie robes are supplying robes for the beach staff and have donated a pro robe and will be attending the event with a trade stand and a team competing in the relay.
Indo Board Europe a long time supporter are also putting an indo board into the draw, Surfers Against Sewage are donating two annual memberships and with signed paddle poster from actor Ben Richards and presenter Kirsty Duffy there are plenty of prizes to win and still more to be announced
Joe’s dad Matt Way said “We are the only FREE music gig which is held in the harbour and the paddle is all about the community coming together, celebrating Joe’s story, raising money for over 20 great causes and showcasing the Newquay spirit. As a family we are very proud of how the town has made this event so special”.
Paddlers and swimmers ages start from 9 years upwards and the entry fee is £10 per adult, £15 for a team of four for the relays 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 paddling starts at 4pm and the last registration for a heat is 6pm so there is plenty of time to arrive when people have finished work, the Joe Way memorial RNLI lifeguard race is just after 7pm. Boards are provided with lots of help from Newquay and Lusty Glaze Surf Life Savers so all you need is your wetsuit! Swimmers, SUP’s and canoes are also welcome.
To take part in the Joe Way Paddle for life 2015 and get up to date news go to www.joewaypaddle.co.uk