Newquay is getting ready to Paddle. The event will be held at Newquay Harbour on Thursday, June 21 at 4pm and here's the latest news from Matt Way at The Newquay Paddle 2012:
The original 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. His story of hope and fighting against all the odds with a cheeky smile has made what could have been the worse of times the best of times.
The Joe Way appeal and its supporters have raised over £104,000.00 in four years, of which £70,000.00 has gone towards building Cornwall’s first children’s hospice. This month's event will see a live stream once again to hundreds of online watchers so get yourself on TV and post the event on your facebook page.
Titan the Robot (as seen on C4’s Big Brother and the MTV Awards) will be appearing, which is a huge draw for families and the kids followed by the new sunset music session on the beach with Joe Francis and the band Sweet Little Things will gig in the Rowing Club. You can also see Titan on the side of the Double Decker Paddle bus driving around Newquay, if you can post a photo on the paddle facebook group you will be entered into the prize draw.
There are some great prizes again this year such as VIP Feeder tickets, indo board, vouchers for a meal at Watergate, swimming and fitness lessons as well as VIP tickets for the Boardmasters event. There will also be another huge paddle mirror up for auction which will be the fourth time Dave Hughes has made and donated a polished wooden one-off show piece.
The event is run at zero cost as all the equipment, food and raffle prizes are donated so 100% of all the money goes to the 20 charities Joe’s story now supports.
The entry fee which you pay on the day is £10 per adult, £5 per child (under 16’s) and £10 for a team of 4 for the relay. All paddlers get discount on food and a certificate; however you can also download a sponsor form and raise as much as you want for your chosen charity. Spectators can enjoy the event for free including the bands.
Some of the people at this year's event are Joe’s Appeal Ambassador Ben “Skindog” Skinner, Body boarder Rob Barber, SLSC from around Cornwall, Watergate Bay surf club and the team from the wave project and many other pro surfers who have supported Joe’s Appeal.
To take part in the Joe Way Newquay Paddle for Life 2012, see what happened at last year's event and get up to date news go to Joe Way Paddle.