Lo­cal tour op­er­a­tor to ride the tide for va­ri­ety

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Jet­ski Tours owner Steve Ward and tour guide Sam Nikov will be com­plet­ing the 2014 Ride The Tide Yamaha Va­ri­ety Jet Trek for Va­ri­ety - the Chil­dren’s Char­ity QLD.

The team, known as the Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Junkies, suc­cess­fully com­pleted last year’s Va­ri­ety Jet Trek and raised more than $8000 for Va­ri­ety.

They also bought home the cov­eted Spirit Award for the event and were a part of an of­fi­cial world record for Long­est Dis­tance by a Group Rid­ing for Char­ity on Per­sonal Wa­ter­craft. This year’s Ride The Tide chal­lenge will see Steve and Sam in­volved in some ac­tion-packed jet ski­ing as they nav­i­gate over 600km of coast­line north bound from Port Mac­quarie to the Sun­shine Coast.

They will also visit schools along the way and ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand the help that funds raised bring to lo­cal chil­dren, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. Va­ri­ety – the Chil­dren’s Char­ity is a na­tional not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that is com­mit­ted to em­pow­er­ing Aus­tralian chil­dren who are sick, dis­ad­van­taged or have spe­cial needs to live, laugh and learn.

The Yamaha Va­ri­ety Jet Trek is held each year and since the event started in 1998, jet trekkers have raised over a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars.

Mr Ward said it was the fourth year the Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Junkies had par­tic­i­pated in the event and was hop­ing to raise at least $5000 for the char­ity.

“As al­ways, we will cover all ex­penses in­volved our­selves and just ask that peo­ple do­nate to the cause,” he said.

The Ride The Tide Yamaha Va­ri­ety Jet Trek for Va­ri­ety – the Chil­dren’s Char­ity will be held from Fe­bru­ary 24 to March 1.

To make a do­na­tion, visit https://give.ev­ery­day­hero.com/ay/whit­sun­day-jet­ski­junkies.

CHAR­ITY MIS­SION: Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours owner Steve Ward and head tour guide Sam Nikov will be com­plet­ing a 600km trek of the coast­line north bound from Port Mac­quarie to the Sun­shine Coast to raise funds for Va­ri­ety - the Chil­dren's Char­ity from Fe­bru­ary 24 to March 1.

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