Whitsunday Jetski Tours reach $5000 charity goal
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.