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Popular paddle in memory of Joe

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 15, 2012

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CHILDREN and adults alike are getting ready to splash in the waves for the fifth Joe Way Paddle for Life at Newquay Harbour.

The original Paddle for Life started after lifeguards from Fistral beach held a memorial paddle to raise money for charity in 2008.

The Joe Way appeal and its supporters have raised more than £104,000 in four years, of which £70,000 has gone towards building Cornwall's first children's hospice in Porthpean.

This month's event will see Tiger 24 providing a live stream to online watchers and Titan the Robot will also be appearing, followed by the new sunset music session on the beach with Joe Francis and Newquay band Sweet Little Things.

The Paddle For Life was first held in memory of Newquay toddler Joe Way, who died four years ago after fighting off a host of life-threatening illnesses.

Matt Way said: "There are some great prizes again this year, such as VIP Feeder tickets, an indo board, vouchers for a meal at Watergate Bay, swimming and fitness lessons as well as VIP tickets for the Boardmasters event.

"There will also be another huge paddle mirror up for auction, which will be the fourth time Dave Hughes has made and donated a polished wooden one-off show piece.

"The event is run at zero cost as all the equipment, food and raffle prizes are donated, so 100 per cent of all the money goes to the 20 charities Joe's story now supports."

The event will be held on Thursday, June 21, at 4pm. Entry, which is paid on the day, costs £10 per adult, £5 per child (under-16s) and £10 for a team of four for the relay.

Mr Way said: "All paddlers get discount on food and a certificate; however you can also download a sponsor form and raise as much as you want for your chosen charity. Spectators can enjoy the event for free, including the bands.

"Some of the people at this year's event are Joe's Appeal ambassador Ben "Skindog" Skinner; bodyboarder Rob Barber with his team from Newquay activity centre; surf lifesaving club members from around Cornwall; Watergate Bay surf club and the team from the wave project; and other pro-surfers who have supported Joe's Appeal."

For more information visit www.joewaypaddle.co.uk

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