Local Jet Trek participant, Michelle Stafford, and her team, “Team Princess” are actively raising money for next year’s Variety Jet Trek.
Variety – the Children’s Charity supports children and families who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with a disability.
In 2018, Variety Queensland will be celebrating 20 years of the Yamaha Variety Jet Trek, a one of a kind event in Australia that sees participants travelling upwards of 600km over six days on Jet Skis along some of the most amazing coastlines Australia has to offer.
Next year’s event which starts in Sydney and finishes in Yamba will be Michelle’s 14th Jet Trek. Over the years Michelle has skied from Cooktown to Townsville, Mission Beach to Airlie Beach, Yeppoon to Gold Coast and the Great Ocean Road to name a few.
“I just love the event. Not only do I get to ride my jet ski along some awesome coastlines, spend some time with great friends, but most importantly raise money for kids not as fortunate as my own”, Michelle said.
“We meet many children and their families along the way and help where we can. It may be presenting a child with a new wheelchair, some much needed medical equipment or something as simple as an iPad which assists with communication and learning”.
“It’s a very humbling experience to meet and assist these kids and their families. All children should be able to follow their dreams and be the best they can be. No matter what life throws at them. No matter what their ability.”
Each event entrant must raise a minimum of $2500 but most raise much more. Michelle is very grateful for the ongoing support of McCosker Contracting and also more recently Elevate Media. In 2016 Michelle was awarded the “Highest Individual Fundraiser”. She just missed out on the honor this year but is on track for the 2018 event.
Michelle has set up a fundraising page if you would like make a donation and help her reach her goal.
Variety’s best known event, the 2018 Variety Bash kicked off in Gladstone for the first time in the event’s history on 29 November.