The ninth Joe Way Paddle for Life gets ready for its ‘Sunset Session’ on the beach on Thursday 23rd June at Newquay Harbour.

Local boy Joe was born with a rare genetic condition and died on the 7th May 2008 aged 4. He had been labelled a miracle boy after surviving meningitis, a potentially deadly skin reaction SJS, numerous superbugs but finally died of complete organ failure after suffering from Steven Johnson Syndrome for a second time.

Since his death his parents have campaigned tirelessly to raise money for over 20 causes in his name, raising more than £132,000.

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 live music this year as the event 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”.

The Steelers are a 20 piece Caribbean style steel pan orchestra from Treviglas Community College in Newquay. The band have taken the Caribbean sound of steel pan and added flavours of rock, reggae, pop and funk, and a little taste of bossa, their varied set list that includes classic Caribbean tunes but also tracks by the likes of Pharrell Williams, Jess Glynne and Gary Numan, in unique arrangements as you have never heard them before!

Perranporth’s singer song writer Jamie Gifford will be entertaining the crowds on the acoustic stage. Jamie is a 21 year old guitarist, pianist and vocalist, and will create a rock and roll vibe for the harbour beach.

Acoustic sensation Emma Chamberlain has performed all over the southwest including the Little Cyder festival, Lusty Glaze and Eden. Singer, songwriter Emma has a real folk tone that is perfect for the harbour stage.

The Ten Bob Notes will bring their original, energetic Ska/reggae/Two Tone style, to the Rowing Club. Mixing witty lyrics and serious issues with addictive guitar riffs and brass melodies, they are sure to keep the audience humming for days and will guarantee that night to remember!

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 Newquay and Lusty Glaze Surf Life Savers so all you need is your wetsuit! Swimmers, SUP’s and canoes are also welcome.

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