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