100 Ks for JSK

100 Ks for JSK

In May 2017, we will be running the Ultra Trail Australia, a 100km ultra marathon in the Blue Mountains in memory of Dad. In running the Ultra Trail 100, we are aiming to raise $6000 to support two Indigenous students to undertake an internship with an indigenous organisation through the Aurora Internship program and the JSK Fund.

The Aurora Project arranges for law and social science students to undertake internships with indigenous organisations.

To donate, please visit our everyday hero supporter page.

Thanks for your support!


#HATTEMBER will go live on the 1st September toreros funds for the John Skipper Kelly Fund to raise funds for leadership opportunities we see for disadvantaged youth.

We invite you to take part by wearing a hat every day of September. The hats can be serious, silly, informal, fun, or sublime. Whatever takes your fancy.

There’s a couple of options: Wear a different hat everyday – #30daysofhats

OR wear your favourite hat in a different location each day – #hatsoutandabout.

Don’t forget to take a selfie and post it to Facebook or instagram with the #hattember hashtag.

To be eligible for some of the great prizes on offer  you need to register on the everyday hero page and donate a minimum of $20. #hatsarenotjustfortheraces.

All the details are on the  HATTEMBER website -

Many thanks to

Gai Waterhouse – Sunday at the Stables with Gai

Ladies in Racing Magazine – A 2 year subscription

Kiplings Garage Bar – gift voucher

Embellish atelier – gift voucher towards a hat ,headpiece or Embellish workshop.


2015 City2surf

The 2015 city2surf was a glorious event showcasing Sydney at its very best. This year in our brand new merchandise over 80 runners joined the throng of 80,000 runners to do the annual city2surf. We were well spread across the field in both pace and age ranges.  Our fastest male runner rushed to the surf  in just 51 minutes. Speedy Holly Johnston made it across the line in a devastatingly quick 59 minutes. This ensured the team were well placed – at a modest 8th – in the team events  out of 125 teams. So while they were already  preparing pancakes at the England home(Sadly  for the last year as they have sold their beautiful home. )  the back of the pack were rearing to start.  The winners of the Spirit of JSK award – Hannah Herron and her team. A great achievement for Hannah to have completed a city2surf in her racing wheelchair pushed by James, Joel, .

The ticker award won by the Brisbane team – all did couch to 14km and ran the entire distance – overcoming many health hurdles along the way.

The everyday hero worked  well and we are proud to have raised over 8000 dollars for the JSKFUND. The highest fundraisers were…and worthy recipients of the Good Bloke Award .

2015 City2Surf: 4 weeks to go!

As the 9th of August draws nearer we’re getting more and more excited for this years city2surf! With over 75 people already registered to go running for jsk we know this year is going to be great!

if you haven’t registered yet.. IT’S NOT TOO LATE to enter now (search for our team ‘running for jsk’). then make sure you email us (tess.lillian.kelly@hotmail.com) to confirm that you’ve registered.

we are also very excited to have our very own everyday hero page! so click here to sponsor us!!

Love, The Kelly Gang

2015 JSK Memorial Cocktail Party: Hosted by King and Wood Mallesons

The JSK Cocktail party is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with friends, family and colleagues to remember the spirit of John Skipper Kelly, and raise funds for a cause dear to his heart. 

We are incredibly grateful for the generous offer from King and Wood Mallesons to host us in their beautiful function room overlooking the beautiful city of Sydney, and we hope you can all join us for this special occasion.

Entry is a $65 donation to the JSK Fund.

Donation can be made by Direct deposit to:

John Skipper Kelly fund

BSB 032-102

Account Number 704136

Please RSVP by March 1st for catering purposes to tess.lillian.kelly@hotmail.com

Hope to see you there!

The JSK Memorial Cocktail Party 2014

We are pleased to report on the fantastic night of inspirational speeches, dazzling musical entertainment, and impressive fundraising that was the 2014 JSK Memorial Cocktail Party.

Firstly, thank you to everyone who attended the JSK Memorial Cocktail Party on the 23rd of March and many thanks to Kiplings Garage Bar for hosting the event.

We were able to raise an amazing $20,000 from the night! A special mention must go to Kerry Paki from the HKAC for presenting a generous $10,000 donation to the fund. This money is very much appreciated will certainly go a long way in helping help us to establish further leadership opportunities for disadvantaged youth, a cause John was so passionate about.

Thank you to Michael Trial AM for being our remarkable MC and to Ann O’Sullivan for all her kind assistance with the event. Thanks also to Therese Brooker and the Brothers Kelly for their breathtaking performances on the night.

Suzie Riddell, the Executive Director of Education at Bright Spots Schools Connection spoke with incredible passion about the importance of education and the positive impact Bright Spots has had on the leaning outcomes for disadvantaged children. Many thanks must also go to Sue Cridge at Bright Spots for her support.

On the night we also heard from Sue Lennox from OzGreen. OzGreen has been instrumental in providing a transformative learning and leadership process that promotes environmental sustainability. Thank you Sue for enabling us to hear first hand experiences from two participants of the OzGreen Youth Leadership Programs. It is always thrilling to be able to see such important work that the JSK Fund supports.

Many thanks to all who donated items to the silent auction and raffle. We were pleased to announce the winners were:

Winners of the Raffle Prize

1st Prize of Wine/Merchandise/Tilly’s Voucher/Xmas Tree went to Jennifer Kelly

2nd Prize of Scarf/Kiplings Voucher/Wine/Mimi + Me Voucher/ Embellish Mystery Hat went to Andrew Mayne

3rd Prize of JSK Merchadise went to James Mok

4th Prize of the Jennifer Kelly Styling Voucher and JSK Fund Merchandise went to Richard Stutchbury.

Winners of the Silent Auction

  1. Opera Tickets (donated by the Opera Trust Foundation) – won by Garry O’Sullivan
  2. Glamping Weekend at Bawley Point (donated by Sandy Betts) – won by Nadia Mencinsky
  3. Apartment in Paris for one week (donated by Colleen O’Shannassy and Seamus O’Grady) – won by Chris and Helen Thompson
  4. Skippered Boat Cruise on Sydney Harbour with Hamper (donated by Rowan and Susie Russell, and Stuart and Susie Scowcroft) – won by Tom Dermott
  5. Framed and signed photograps of Kyle Vander Kuyp from the 2000 Olympics (donated by The Kelly Family) – won by Chris and Helen Thompson
  6. Carolyn Travers Garden Design Consultation and 4 hour Labour (donated by Carolyn Travers) – won by The Macken Family
  7. Cotter and Jewell Interiors design consultation (donated by Dee Cotter and Karenza Jewell) – won by Cathy Kelly
  8. Sunday at the Stables (donated by Gai Waterhouse) – won by Kate Gardiner
  9. Therese Brooker singing experience (donated by Therese Brooker) – won by Cathy Kelly
  10. Brothers Kelly signing experience (donated by Ben and James Kelly) – won by The Macken Family


In other news…. it’s City2Surf time again!

Early bird entries close on the 31st May, so make sure you jump online soon and sign up to the ‘Running for JSK’ team! We hope to have as much fun and success as last year!

Here’s how to register online:

  1. Go to http://www.city2surf.com.au/ and select ‘enter
  2. ‘Search for an existing team’ and select ‘Running for JSK’
  3. Enter in whichever division you’re comfortable with – red/green for veterans, blue for runners, yellow for joggers/walkers and orange (back of the pack) for walkers, window shoppers and costume wearers!
  4. Fill out your details
  5. Select ‘no charity’ – we will get details to you soon about team sponsorship!
  6. Start training and get excited because it’s going to be so much fun!


2012 Report

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2012 has been a great year for the JSK Fund – continued support of the Annual JSK Memorial Cocktail Party, Running for JSK City 2 Surf Team, and other JSK Fundraising events, as well as the very generous donation of $20 000 from HKAC has enabled the fund to continue to grow. As such we are very proud to have been able to support a range of programs that we feel continue the legacy of John Kelly: reaching out to  young people from diverse backgrounds in a quest for social justice and environmental sustainability.

Attached is the JSK 2012 Report, which details the programs we supported in 2012, and the outcomes they have achieved.

JSK Fund 2012 Report