Fundraising to teach Water Safety in memory of Jack Skellett

$4,541 donated
Given by 80 generous donors in 7 weeks

Raising money to put towards kayak and ocean safety training to help prevent future tragedies on the water.


In the week leading up to Christmas last year, keen outdoorsman Jack Skellett tragically lost his life after being separated from his kayak in the Wellington harbour having just turned 23. Jack was dearly loved by his parents Karen and Adam, their only child, a great friend to many across New Zealand and around the world, a talented player in his football team VUWAFC, a valued member of staff at Victoria Recreation Centre, and a generally inspiring individual who’s absence will be permanently felt by all who knew him.

Jacks life was taken from him too soon, however in those 23 years he lived every day to its fullest and his influence was felt around the world by everyone that he met during his travels. Many people have reached out to make a donation and his family would like to put the money towards funding kayak and water safety courses, as well as a donation to a local charitable conservation effort in honour of Jack. Their aim is for young people to learn about the importance of staying safe on the water to help prevent other families from going through this in the future. All donated money will go directly to his family who will arrange this in due time.

Connor Booth's involvement (page creator)

I am a friend of Jack who is in close contact with his parents.

Use of funds

The majority of the funds will be put towards supporting kayak and ocean safety courses for young people to learn how to keep themselves safe. Which safety courses they will fund is currently undecided. If there is money left over, Jacks family would like to donate it to a local conservation effort on his behalf.

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Created by Connor Booth
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Paying to a verified bank account of Karen Skellett
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This page was created on 7 Jan 2022 and closed on 28 Feb 2022.