TEAM EFFORT: Whitsunday Jetski Tours owners Toni Ward and  Steve Ward with their children Rhys and Lachlan who met television personality Grant Denyer at the 2012 Yamaha Variety Clarence to Coral Jet Trek. Photo Contributed
TEAM EFFORT: Whitsunday Jetski Tours owners Toni Ward and Steve Ward with their children Rhys and Lachlan who met television personality Grant Denyer at the 2012 Yamaha Variety Clarence to Coral Jet Trek. Photo Contributed

Jetskier third highest fundraiser

WHITSUNDAY Jetski Tours raised just under $5000 for Variety Queensland, placing them third highest in the fundraising stakes for the 2012 Yamaha Variety Clarence to Coral Jet Trek.

Sam Nikov took on the challenge of jet skiing the 700km trek from the Clarence River to Tin Can Bay last week to raise funds for the children's charity, while his bosses and Whitsunday Jetski Tour owners Steve and Toni Ward were the on-road support team.

This year 30 riders competed on the water with a support crew of 50 and a total of $62 000 raised for Variety Queensland.

"It was a great week spending time with fellow jet skiers, but most importantly, knowing that we were working towards the bigger goal of helping sick and disadvantaged children is the most satisfying part for everyone who competed in Jet Trek," Mrs Ward said.

"It is a hard ride but well worth it and Sam did a fantastic job."

Steve, Toni and their children also had the opportunity to meet television personality Grant Denyer who was covering the Jet Trek for breakfast show, Sunrise.

This was a highlight for all the Jet Trek participants as they received national exposure.

"We really want to thank everyone for their support with our fundraising and we are looking forward to doing it all again next year," Mrs Ward said.

Mr Ward took part in last year's Whitsunday Wipeout Jet Trek and raised $2,500 after travelling between Townsville and Mackay.


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