Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours reach $5000 char­ity goal

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE crew of Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours, other­wise known as the ‘ Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Junkies’, have suc­cess­fully com­pleted an­other year in the Yamaha Va­ri­ety Jet Trek for Va­ri­ety - the chil­dren's char­ity of Queens­land.

This year’s Ride The Tide chal­lenge saw Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours owner, Steve Ward and head tour guide, Sam Nikov, in­volved in some ac­tion-packed jet­ski­ing as they com­pleted a six-day, 600 kilo­me­tre marathon on wa­ter, nav­i­gat­ing the coast­line from Port Mac­quarie to the Sun­shine Coast.

The sup­port team in­cluded Steve’s wife, Toni and their chil­dren Lach­lan and Rhys, who co-or­di­nated the team’s land-based trans­port ar­range­ments and sup­plies along the coast.

The team suc­cess­fully reached their goal to raise $5000, with the over­all event, con­sist­ing of over 130 par­tic­i­pants and 55 per­sonal wa­ter craft (PWCs), rais­ing more than $115,000 for the sick, dis­ad­van­taged and spe­cial needs chil­dren of Queens­land.

Par­tic­i­pants, both new to the event and sea­soned ‘Trekkers’, as they’re af­fec­tion­ately known, came from as far as Tas­ma­nia, Syd­ney and north­ern Queens­land to par­tic­i­pate in the unique event.

The trekkers trav­elled through towns and com­mu­ni­ties, vis­it­ing and in some cases de­liv­er­ing equip­ment and as­sis­tance to chil­dren and schools in need along the way.

Mr Ward said this was the team’s fourth year par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event “and we had an ab­so­lute blast both on the wa­ter and dur­ing the stops along the way”.

“It was so re­ward­ing to see the chil­dren re­ceiv­ing equip- ment which will as­sist with their spe­cial needs and [we] loved see­ing the school kid’s faces light up when we took them out for jet­ski rides,” he said.

“We are so happy to have reached our fundrais­ing goal of $5000 and must make a very spe­cial men­tion to all the businesses and in­di­vid­u­als who do­nated and helped us achieve this, both lo­cally and from across the coun­try.”

CHAR­ITY GOAL: The Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours team con­sist­ing of Steve Ward, Olaf Fiege, Toni Ward, Lachie Ward, Sam Nikov and Rhys Ward, raised $5000 for Va­ri­ety - the chil­dren's char­ity of Queens­land, by tak­ing part in this year's Yamaha Va­ri­ety Jet Trek.

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