Newquay toddlers story is promoted across Africa
The Joe Way paddle for life is getting promoted on a mammoth charity drive during the 3 week Banjul Challenge which was the worlds first ever Banger Challenge, that has spawned so many others.
The Banjul Challenge heads South through Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Atlas Mountain's and Senegal, finally arriving in Banjul in The Gambia. The route travels mostly on tarmac roads, but the highlight is the two-day crossing of the Sahara Desert. The journey is approximately 4000 miles, and can comfortably be covered in three weeks (if all goes well).
Newquay man Ian Bodman and his Brother in law John Reeves from Southampton are preparing for Sand, Sea and even more sand. They are preparing for the heat of the desert sun, and the challenge of nursing an early 90's Renault Clio affectionately named CLEO all the way to destinations that most people would only consider flying to.
It is a condition of entry that All vehicles MUST be donated to the Control Committee in The Gambia. The vehicles are auctioned and the funds raised are distributed to local worthy causes. This is the only legitimate way to ensure that the best price is obtained and that the funds are distributed appropriately.
There are security concerns in Mauritania which Ian and John will pass through which is an area that the Foreign Office advises against all travel, their highest threat level.
The organizers aim to provide help through Mauritania however teams know that Insurance will not be available from any company for this element and they are prepared to turn round and travel around Morocco should circumstances dictate.
The duo will also be raising money for children's hospice south west in memory of Joe Way who's supporters have raised over £119,000.00 in five years, of which £71,000.00 has gone towards building Cornwall's first children's hospice.
TEAM KRNO KENZA will also be taking Joe's small banner which has travelled the equivalent of 11 times around the world clocking up over 419,000km which is the equivalent of travelling from the earth to the moon.
Matt Way Joe's Dad said "This is a great challenge we are really stoked that Ian and John have chosen to promote Joe's story, the paddle for life and raise money for the Children's hospice. We are also looking for businesses who can have their logo on the car for a £50 on line donation".
Perranporth signs have donated the paddle stickers for the car and you can donate on Ian's just giving page and follow the teams progress at www.facebook.com/TeamKrnoKenza To learn more about the Joe Way Paddle for life and to check out the website go to www.joewaypaddle.co.uk next years paddle will be heald on Thursday 26th June from 4pm at Newquay harbour.