Are you ready, set, Jet Trek
THERE was a lot of activity on the waters of Port Douglas over the weekend when 60 jetskis came to town, followed closely by their road crew on the Cooktown and Down Yamaha Variety Jet Trek.
For the past 16 years, Variety has staged the Jet Trek to help raise money and awareness for their charity, helping Queensland kids in need.
The 140 participants stayed the night in Port Douglas, delayed by the strong wind conditions from Cyclone Zane forming out to sea, so everyone was keen to hit the waters heading south on Monday morning.
Participant Andrew Portolesi, from Sydney, has been taking part for four years and is so involved he got engaged and married to his wife Sharon while on the Jet Trek.
‘‘ Last year the trip fell on Valetine’s Day and I proposed to Sharon, the next day was a layabout day so we went on a helicopter ride to Stradbroke Island, it was really special,’’ he said.
‘‘We got married last Friday, I thought why not kill two birds with one stone and semi-elope on the trip.’’
Mr Portolesi said he signed up for the Variety event because of his passion for jet skis and desire to help people out in need.
‘‘To help children who can’t physi- cally help themselves, that’s the fundamental reason why I joined the charity,’’ he said.
‘‘We put our bodies and skis through some gruelling conditions, although we do have fun, everything makes it worthwhile when we see what Variety does.’’
Variety Motoring Events coordinator Erin Taylor said the number of participants has been great with more than double the number from last year.
‘‘As much as everyone here is having a fabulous holiday, they have been fundraising all year for this end result and they are here for the kids,’’ she said.
‘‘Along the way we try to positively impact on towns and communities, integrating fun with philanthropy.’’
The trek will finish in Townsville tomorrow.
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Cooktown and Down Jet Trek perticipants in Port Douglas