Singer song writer James Morrison and his brother Laurie have been long term supports of the Joe Way appeal.
James has helped lift the profile of the annual celebration of Joe's story which has raised tens of thousands of pounds for worthy causes.
James made time to shoot a video message of support whilst on tour in the UK and with his new album out, "Higher Than Here", it's going to be another busy year for Cornwall's international star.
Matt Way, Joe’s dad, said; “This support has helped us so much with reaching more people with Joe's story, as a family it is a great comfort to know that people from all walks of life are taking a moment to think about Joe, what his story means and to remember him even when they have not met him”.
Matt continued; “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”.
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 Surf life saving Cornwall along with Newquay and Lusty Glaze Surf Life Savers so all you need is your wetsuit! Swimmers, SUP’s and canoes are also welcome.
This year’s event saw a footfall of over a thousand spectators for the third year running and 400 paddlers of all ages and abilities taking part in the 200m Paddle, 1km Fun Paddle, 1km Relay, Monster SUP Tug-of-War (run by Harbour Water Sports) and the RNLI Joe Way Memorial Cup Paddle to do their bit to raise money for some of the 20 charities now supported by the Joe Way Appeal.
The sunset sessions kicked off with Steel Appeal followed by BBC's "The Voice" star Adam Issac. Ben Sutcliff and October followed on the Harbour Stage over looking the beach. Newquay band Beachfield then performed to a packed rowing club and kept the party going. The musicians all played for free and with the best of what the southwest music scene has to offer it was an electric atmosphere in the harbor which continued in the rowing club.
Titan the Robot, who is a long time supporter of the Joe Way Appeal, was back and entertained hundreds of people putting on an amazing show as always in his hometown.
Matt Way said; “As a family we live with the loss of Joe every day but one day a year we have the most amazing celebration of his short but action packed life, we are very grateful for this event and we know Joe would be very proud of what has been achieved in his memory”.
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This years Joe Way Paddle for life was hailed another success after an amazing turn out.
This year’s event saw a footfall of over a thousand spectators for the second year running and 400 paddlers of all ages and abilities taking part in the 200m, 1km fun paddle, 1km relay and the RNLI memorial cup to do their bit to raise money for some of the 20 charities now supported by the Joe Way appeal.
With five bands and Titan the Robot there was something for everyone at this year's Paddle which had great weather and good sea conditions.
The event raised £4,529.00 which means the overall total for the Joe Way appeal is over £132,742.00 for over 20 different charities which has been raised over the last seven years, you can still donate by going to Joe’s website.
The burger van won the highest fundraise trophy raising £930.00 with the food donated by Bookers and cooked for free by Sarah-Jane, Martin and family from Ultra Entertainment, Phil Draper from Coastal Crepes donated all his takings of £368, the rowing club and Skinners Brewery raised £230, Cornwall hospice cake stand raised £328, the RNLI lifeguard entry money came to £100 along with a £50 donation from Riverside holiday Park. The raffle and entry money came to £1683.00 with another £340 being raised by auctioning off prizes unclaimed or given back.
This years headline sponsors Newquay BID paid £500 to cover operational costs that were not given for free and Start & Co also donated £500 which went into the charity pot.
This years good causes are Newquay and Lusty surf life saving clubs, Bowel Cancer UK, The Wave Project, Little Harbour, Surfers Against Sewage, Cornwall Hospice Care, CHSW (Sainsburys choice), Air Ambulance, Ronald Macdonald House Bristol, Newquay Lion’s, Assert which helps children with Angelmans Syndrome, Wave Slaves Surf Club, CLIC Sargent, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Crohn's and Colitis UK.
The 1km relay was won this year by Newquay Activity Centre for a second time after a fierce battle of between activity, surf and surf life saving clubs.
The overall winning team of the RNLI relay and the Joe Way memorial cup was Fistral with the new Big Guns cup (sponsored by SW Engravers) going to a team made up of lifeguards from St Ives and Perranporth in a highly competitive battle between the RNLI beach lifeguards.
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