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The seventh Joe Way Paddle for Life gets ready for its ‘Sunset Session’ on the beach on Thursday 26th June at Newquay Harbour.
Actor Ben Richards has been a long term supporter of Joe’s Appeal donating scripts from ITV’s “The Bill”, helping with PR on his visits to Cornwall where he has also learnt to surf with world number 2 Ben “SKINDOG” Skinner and also tried his hand on the Flowrider during his last visit.
The actor has recently fought bowel cancer and is acting again appearing as Bill Sykes in Oliver. Ben Richards said, “I’ve always enjoyed our visits to Cornwall and have been proud to help Joe’s Appeal it’s an inspiring story and now the paddle event will also donate to Bowel Cancer UK of which I am the current patron”.
The annual charity paddle has a great musical sunset session on the beach with Ben Sutcliff from “The String Peoples Foundation”, Newquay’s Steel Appeal, who are a 10 piece steel drum band and two more acts are still to be confirmed.
The charity fun Paddle starts at 4pm, music starts from 5pm until late and at around 6.30pm Titan the Robot will arrive to entertain the crowds.
Matt Way, Joe’s dad, said; “last years live music was awesome and with the great weather we had a footfall of over 1000 people, the event just keeps getting bigger. We are so grateful for the business support that we have and the bands all playing for free to entertain the town”.
Matt continued, “We are looking for anyone who has been affected by bowel cancer in any way to sign up to the paddle and raise money for this important charity along with the 20 other causes we support”.
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 and a discount for food. The event is about family fun and everyone helps each other along.
There is the fun 200m paddle, the fun 1km, the relay 1km and then the RNLI’s Joe Way memorial cup.
This year will also see the usual great food, Kids entertainer Harry Kazzam, face painting and lots of local charities taking part.
The event starts at 4pm and the last registration and time in the water is 6.30pm so there is plenty of time to arrive when people have finished work, Titan the Robot and the lifeguard race is just after 6.30pm. Boards are provided with lots of help from Newquay and Lusty Surf Life Savers so all you need is your wetsuit or trunks, swimmers. SUP’s and canoes are welcome.