A wind swept fin­ish

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THE Va­ri­ety club didn’t let a strong wind warn­ing get in the way of fin­ish­ing their ‘Mis­sion: Whit­sun­day’ trip on a high.

The 90-strong jet­ski crew be­gan the trip to Mis­sion Beach last Mon­day and trav­elled 100km each day to get to Hy­de­away Bay on Fri­day, and com­plete their tour in Air­lie on Satur­day.

The orig­i­nal plan for va­ri­ety jet-skiers to tour the Whit­sun­day Is­lands and ar­rive at Abell Point Ma­rina at 3pm was changed due to weather con­di­tions and safety con­cerns.

How­ever, Va­ri­ety oper­a­tions man­ager Craig Mar­riott said ev­ery­one still got a chance to get out on their jet ski in the morn­ing for a short­ened trip which ended at 9.30am.

“We had to rene­go­ti­ate our per­mit with MSQ be­cause of the strong wind warn­ing so we just did the Molle group of is­lands this morn­ing and have a char­ter boat (which took us out) to White­haven Beach this af­ter­noon,” he said.

“The weather hasn’t been our friend for the back end of the week but it has still been a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Va­ri­ety mem­bers who par­tic­i­pated in the six day jet­ski trip each con­trib­uted at least $2500 to­wards a cause which ben­e­fits chil­dren.

“And some peo­ple raised up to $10,000,” Mr Mar­riott added.

It is ex­pected that up to $250,000 was raised from the trip.

On Fri­day night, Va­ri­ety held a pre­sen­ta­tion for Whit­sun­day Sail­abil­ity, do­nat­ing 18 new self-in­flat­ing life jack­ets to the club.

Sail­abil­ity vol­un­teer An­drew Mar­shall said the do­na­tion was warmly wel­comed by the en­tire group.

“Va­ri­ety have been very good to us with the life jack­ets and giv­ing ev­ery­one us a taste of what it’s like on a jet­ski,” he said.

“This char­ity nor­mally in­volves young chil­dren and while we also do have older adults it’s re­ally good what they were do­ing.”

Va­ri­ety is com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing chil­dren who are sick, dis­ad­van­taged or who have spe­cial needs to help them reach their po­ten­tial.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

ON THE WATER: Va­ri­ety mem­bers fin­ished their jet-ski­ing early at Abell Point Ma­rina Satur­day morn­ing.

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