Further Kayak Safety Workshops Free for the Community in Memory of Jack Skellett

$1,240 donated
Given by 29 generous donors in around 6 months

A fund to provide the Wellington community free kayak safety lessons to prevent future tragedy.


Jack Skellett lost his life after becoming separated from his Kayak in the Wellington harbour on the 21st of December 2021, days after turning 23.

After our last donation plea, we raised over $5000 from people who both knew Jack and those who were touched by his loss.

That money ensured 2 Kayak safety workshops were successfully delivered to the Wellington community with no charge to the 20 participants of each. All thanks to the hard work of Jacks parents Karen & Adam for getting it off the ground, and to Wildfinder NZ for organising and spreading the word to the people of Wellington.

Having attended one of the workshops myself (not as a counted participant), it was clear how critical the lessons are for people who want to get involved in Kayaking. I'm confident those who attended the courses will now have the tools to make safer choices and will be able to share what they learned with loved ones. If even one life is saved as a result of these workshops, then it has been a success.

Since both workshops had a waiting list of people wanting to secure a spot, it is obvious that this is something that the community feels is important and will take up if it is on offer.

So we decided to create this page as a place to raise funds for more workshops. The generosity displayed during the last fundraiser was just incredible and the kind messages meant the world to Jacks family.

Please share this page around and leave a donation if you can.

Dreams and love, as Jack would say <3

Connor Booth's involvement (page creator)

I am a friend of the Skellett family, and am helping Karen by setting up this donation page.

Use of funds

All the donations will be given to Wildfinder NZ for at least one more Kayak safety workshop to be put on, hopefully more depending on the amount we raise.

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Guest Donor on 18 Nov 2023
Claudia on 16 Nov 2023
Jane on 29 Oct 2023
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Guest Donor on 27 Oct 2023
Bev Allen
Bev Allen on 25 Oct 2023

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Created by Connor Booth
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Paying to a verified bank account of Karen Skellett on behalf of To provide further kayak and water safety training programs free for the Wellington community.
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This campaign started on 24 May 2023 and ended on 19 Nov 2023.