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.
Izzy is one of identical twins and she has Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia. This means she has increased muscle tone and her legs are constantly stiff (spasticity), she suffers from pain and also has difficulty with leg movements, coordination and balance. Because of her condition, Izzy cannot walk or even stand unaided.
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is a life changing complex spinal operation, the only surgical procedure that permanently reduces or eliminates stiffness and spasticity in the legs.
Spasticity causes a lot of pain, and over time, shortening of muscles and tendons, joints contractures and bone deformities.
Ursula Izzy's mum said "All we want is to give Izzy the best chance to be able to run around with her twin sister (her best friend!) and be able do all the things we all take for granted".
Matt Way, Joe's father, said; "Claire and I have been inspired by how Izzy, her family and friends have raised over £40,000.00 in such a short space of time. when you can see a solution to help your child have a better quality of life there is no stronger motivation than that. We are really excited about the crowdfunder page and we have some great pledges for people to buy".
The Crowdfunder page has been launched to boost extra funds for this year's Paddle charity pot with most of crowdfunding proceeds going to Izzy's cause.
It works by you pledging money and in return you will receive one of the fantastic donations on offer including Saltrock clothing vouchers, signed paddle posters from surfer Ben Skinner, Ben skinner signed print, big wave rider Tom Butler's signed print, T-shirts and a voucher for the Aqua Park at Retallack to name but a few.
The page must reach its total of £500 to release the money and pledges so its all or nothing and the page deadline is the 18th June so its up to you to help these great local causes.