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Support Jet Trek

Updated: Jan 13, 2023

✦ Jason and Karen Warneken are a local Lake Cathie couple once again participating in Jet Trek – a wonderful fundraiser for VARIETY, The Children’s Charity.

Variety – the Children’s Charity, is dedicated to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to LIVE, LAUGH and LEARN. The Variety Jet Trek is about helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged kids and providing them with equipment, scholarships or experiences they never thought possible.

The event began in 1998 with some fearless personal water craft enthusiasts tackling the coastline from Yeppoon to the Gold Coast and from this the Variety Jet Trek was born, an annual fundraising and fitness challenge for all involved.

With Jason already possessing a jet ski, he knew they had the capacity to be involved and support this great charity event.

The families desire to participate in Jet Trek stems from a desire to be more involved in community service activities
Warneken Family Photo - Jet Trek 2020. From left: Noah, Jason, Karen, Connor
“We are both high school teachers and Karen is also a Registered Nurse, so we are all too aware that there are children in communities such as ours who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs and are less fortunate than our own children. As we work in education it only seemed logical to support a charity that assists children - but we need help from the community,” Jason told us.

2nd Jet Trek

The couple's first involvement Jet Trek was in 2020 when they raised an impressive $10,857.00 and they are looking forward to supporting this worthwhile children’s charity again in 2023. Their desire to participate stems from a joint decision to be more involved in community service activities.

The 2023 Yamaha Variety Jet Trek runs from February 26th until March 4th and will travel from Batemans Bay to Coffs Harbour, a sensational feat for all involved. The event will travel through Port Macquarie on March 3rd.


On the February 3rd Lake Cathie Tavern is hosting a huge fundraiser event to contribute to the couples fundraising total, including raffles and auctions. It would be great for the local community to get behind this great charity.

BOOK a table for dinner at Lake Cathie Tavern, buy some raffle tickets and bid on the auctions on the night.

"We have had some great prizes donated by local businesses – but we still need more – especially major prizes!" said Jason.

Local businesses have made donations including Lake Cathie Tavern, Hastings Marine, Elders Real Estate, PRD Laurieton, BlackDog Ink, Laing + Simmons, Hastings Co-op, BCF, Port Patios, ARB, BBQs Galore and Lake Cathie Medical Centre Pharmacy. More donations will be accepted with much appreciation.

The easiest way to donate is to use the VARIETY link: Varity Jet Trek: Jason Warneken

or visit the Facebook page: Port Trekkers


If you would like to chat about the event or discuss donations call Karen on 0432 687 667.


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