THE fifth Joe Way Paddle for life is riding a wave towards the Newquay event on Thursday 21st June at Newquay harbour
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 Newquay boy who touched people's lives around the country and beyond.
The 2011 event last September saw over 180 paddlers of all ages and abilities taking part to do their bit to raise money for their chosen charities.
Team Joe and its supporters have raised over £98,000.00 of which £69,000.00 has gone towards building Cornwall's first children's hospice which opened two months ago. The 2012 event will see Tiger 24 providing a live stream of the event once again to hundreds of online watchers and with international sensation Titan the robot appearing it will be another family fun action packed evening.
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 one of the 20 charities Joe's story now supports.
The event which has normally been held in September has been moved to June to encourage more families, schools and surf clubs to take part as well as allowing the event to run later into the evening with more light and warmer seas.
Paddlers and swimmers ages start from 5 years upwards and the entry fee is £10 per adult and £5 per child (under 18's) which is paid on the day with everyone also getting a certificate, free prize ticket and a discount voucher for food. The event is about family fun and everyone helps each other along.
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. To watch and enjoy Titan is free and with the event being streamed live on line it's another great showcase for Newquay.
Boards are provided with the lots of help from Newquay surf life savers so all you need is your wetsuit or trunks, swimmers and canoes are welcome. Kids can paddler with parents and there will be dads against mum's fun paddle.
Because the event takes place inside the harbour those who want to get wet and have fun can and for the people of all ages who want to paddle a bit further we have the space for that as well.
Matt Way Joe's Dad said "It's a great evening with loads to do on the beach, games for the kids, food stands and the amazing Titan the robot who is a huge crowd pleaser. We just want Joe's story to inspire new people who then grab a board and paddle for charity".
Many paddlers had not paddled before and two jet skis where on hand but everyone of all ages got back under their own steam as it became a real effort to make the late Newquay toddler proud.
The winners of the RNLI Joe Way memorial paddle where Porth beach who will be hoping to retain the cup at the 2012 event.
To take part in the Joe Way Newquay Paddle for life 2012, see what happened at last years event and get up to date news go to www.joewaypaddle.co.uk