The ninth Joe Way Paddle for Life kicked its ‘Sunset Session' on the beach in glorious sunshine at Newquay Harbour.
The annual charity paddle has a great musical sunset session and this year's line consisted of The Steelers from Treviglas Community College in Newquay, Perranporth’s singer song writer Jamie Gifford and Newquay singer songwriter Emma Chamberlain with the Ten Bob Notes finishing the night in the Rowing Club.
The first paddle skydive was a huge hit for the crowds Ben, Dave and Andy Woods from the Cornish Parachute Club all jumped for FREE to support Joe's appeal, between them they have over 24,000 jumps.
Dave had a flag with Joe's face along with the paddle colours trailing behind him which was a great way to start the paddle and a real treat for the spectators.
Matt Way, Joe's Dad said; "We have been looking at doing the skydive for a few years as I’ve completed two tandem jumps with these guys and it all came together this year. Seeing the flag coming down from 2000ft made us all feel very proud of how Joe's story has inspired people and what the local community has helped us achieve over the last eight years to celebrate Joe's life."
Titan the Robot gave another spectacular show and storm troopers hung out at the photo bus giving spectators a photo opportunity to remember.
The paddle relay was won by Newquay Surf Life Saving with over 17 teams taking part.
The RNLI race was one of the fierce to date with Fistral taking the Relay and the Joe Way Memorial Cup.
The Paddle event has a lot of local business support and great raffle prizes and the Way family would to thank the following people: Cornwall Surf Life Saving, Newquay Surf Life Saving, Lusty Surf Life Saving, Perran Signs, P&J print, The Garage Co, Newquay Fruit Sales, Hutton hire, SW Hire, Skinners Ales, The Rowing Club, Callestick Ice Creams, Bookers of Newquay, Ultra Entertainment, Anton Roberts, Frontline Security, Beach safety team, Newquay Activity Center, Water safety provided by Cornwall Surf Life Saving, Newquay Harbour Sports, Harbour Master, Coastal Crepes, Christian Surfers, Newquay fisherman, POW Energy Water, Ben Skinner, Tom Butler, Newquay Lions and all the family and friends who helped and supported the event.
The raffle and Crowdfunder page were supported by Saltrock Clothing, Boardmasters, Retallack Aqua Park, Surfers against Sewage, The Garage Co, Ben Skinner, Tom Butler and Osprey surfboards.
The following charities also supported the event The Wave Project, Children's Hospice Southwest, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Cornwall Hospice Care and Surfers Against Sewage.
This year's event is looking at a total of £5000.00 with final amounts coming in and will be given to various charities in the coming weeks.
Matt continued; “It has been great that Cornwall Surf Life Saving has taken over the water safety which has taken the pressure off and allowed us to look at new ideas such as the skydive. As a family we are very proud of how the town has made this event so special and we are looking forward to our tenth event next year.”
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The ninth Joe Way 'Paddle for Life' gets ready for its ‘Sunset Session’ on the beach on Thursday 23rd June, 4.30pm at Newquay Harbour.
Titan the Robot is returning and, for the first time, the Cornish Parachute Club will be dropping in from between 2000 to 5000 feet and landing on Towan beach in the first Paddle SKYDIVE demo.
The skydive demonstration is between 4.00pm - 5.30pm and is weather dependant, the three skydivers Ben, Dave and Andy are jumping for free to support Joe's appeal. Between them they have over 24,000 jumps.
Director Ben Wood from CPC said; "Since meeting Matt 8 years ago when he first skydived with us, we have been inspired by Joe's story and humbled by his families strength. We have Paddle for Life stickers with Joe's photo on, displayed proudly on our aircraft. We are so pleased that this Skydive display has finally come to fruition as its something we have wanted to be part of for a few years now, jumps like this, that support such a worthy cause don't come up very often so we are just praying now for good weather on the day".
Long term supporter Titan the Robot is taking time out from his global schedule to entertain the crowds yet again and will be bring everyone back down to earth between 6.30pm - 7.00pm.
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.
Matt Way, Joe’s dad, said; “We are looking forward to the Skydive demo, Titan and the live music this year as the event keeps getting bigger, we are so grateful for the business support that we have and Titan, the Cornish Parachute Club and all the bands who are taking part for free to entertain the town”.
The annual charity paddle has a great musical sunset session with The Steelers who are a 20 piece Caribbean style steel pan orchestra from Treviglas Community College in Newquay.
Perranporths singer song writer Jamie Gifford will be entertaining the crowds with a rock and roll vibe.
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.