Date set for 2011 Cornish Paddle for life
The fourth Joe Way Paddle for life is riding a wave towards the Newquay event on the 15th of September.
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 boy who touched people's lives around the country and beyond. His story of hope and fighting against all the odds with a cheeky smile has made what could have been the worse of times the best of times.
The 2010 event saw over 200 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 £93,000.00 of which £64,000.00 has gone towards building Cornwall's first children's hospice. The 2011 event will see Tiger 24 providing a live stream of the event to hundreds of online watchers, many of whom will watch via the new Tiger 24's iphone app. Titan the robot will hopefully be appearing again and the kids will be paddling to get their names on the two paddle awards "Most inspirational Paddler and Highest fundraiser"
The 2011 event is also being backed by Pro surfers Tom Butler (Joe Way Team rider), Johnny Fryer (who paddled in 2010 for the Cornwall blind association), Olli Adams, Alan Stokes and the RNLI's Ben Butler pictured with Joe's banner at Fistral beach.
Ben Skinner who is an Ambassador for Joe's story said "Joe's paddle is a great Cornish event which brings people of all ages and abilities together in the water, whilst raising money for charity and all of us at SKINDOG surfboards are proud to support the event".
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 entry fee this year is £10 per adult and £5 per child (under 16's) however you can also download a sponsor form and raise as much as you want for your chosen charity. For the first time the highest fund raiser award went to young local lad Kian Radford who raised over £310.00 on his Just Giving page for the Precious Lives Appeal.
Matt Way Joe's Dad said "Claire and I cannot thank the businesses and people enough who now support this celebration of our late son's life. Joe has always and will continue to inspire new people; who then grab a board and paddle for charity".
The Paddle team, have always looked for new ways to push Joe's story out on a global level as his medical conditions where very rare and his story very inspirational.
The toddler's banner has clocked up 305,000km around the world; his website includes various media options and social network platforms including Podcast's on Joe's iTunes page and a new iphone application which will be launched in the spring
Many paddlers had not paddled 1km before and two jet skis where on hand, but every one of all ages got back under their own steam; it became a real effort to make the late Newquay toddler proud.
The winners of the RNLI Joe Way memorial paddle where Crantock beach who will be hoping to retain the cup at the 2011 event.
To take part in the Joe Way Newquay Paddle for life 2011, see what happened at last years event and get up to date news go to www.joewaypaddle.co.uk