2012 city 2 surf!

A bit of rain and the windy conditions wasn’t enough to stop (most) of the JSK team from joining the crowds of people milling into bondi last sunday (with a few exceptions, who we’re assured all had valid excuses…). We were thrilled with the overwhelming enthusiasm, with over 110 people joining us in running for jsk!


Everyone did a sterling job on the run (or walk), doing us very proud. Special mention goes to our fastest male, Tom Banks, with a time of 57 minutes, and not far behind him Renato Manias with 59 minutes, Ben Kelly and Jack Davis with 61 minutes. Congrats to our fastest female Tess Kelly, with a time of 70 minutes, with Kirra Stutchbury, Laura Donnan and Thea Perrett now far behind. So it’s official – the Kelly girls were both the fastest and slowest females. John would be so proud.

The BBQ back at the Kelly House was a great success, thanks to the Johnson Family (from Boorowa) for donating all the meat, Lisa Dermott, and Helen Thompson for organising the food and helping us set up and clean up, and Cammie and Kenzie Rice for the amazing handmade cupcakes.

At the BBQ we started a tradition of giving out a range of JSK awards, sponsored by local businesses. This years awards went to:

The JSK Fastest Male & Female (sponsored by Balmain Fitness)

Tom Banks & Tess Kelly

The JSK ‘Ticker Award’ sponsored by Brays Books Balmain – For the team member displaying most courage and dedication.

Sharon Dunlop – mother of Kirby Dunlop, Sharon heard about the JSK team last year and promised herself that this year she’d get in involved. Sharon trained hard for a year leading up to the event, starting from scratch with 1km runs around the block she slowly logged up the Kms running around her hometown Dubbo. The training certainly paid off, and Sharon ran the full 14km on Sunday, proving it’s never to late to start running for JSK! Well Done Sharon on the amazing achievement!

The JSK ‘good bloke’ award sponsored by Blokes Balmain

Evan England – a keen runner himself, Ev has participated in more City 2 Surfs than most. This year he and his mate made their way to bondi dressed as superman, and a banana, but still managed to make it in sub 70! Ev gets the good bloke award this year for generously offering his house to the JSK team as a meeting place after the race, and providing us with a feast – he even managed to toss a few salads!

The Spirit of JSK award – for the person who most exemplifies Johns spirit through their successful or creating fundraising and enthusiasm for the cause.

Jaquie Azizi –  As Cath’s good friends and personal trainer Jaquie, from Personally Inspired Fitness, is the one to thank for Cath’s solid performance in this years City 2 Surf. Her generosity was exemplified in the lead up to this years city 2 surf as Jaquie trained many of her clients and other friends free of charge for the event. Single handedly she raised nearly $1000 for the fund by convincing clients not participating in the race to donate instead! Thank you for your support Jaquie!


So thank you to everyone who made the day possible and so much fun. Your support was invaluable and we couldn’t have done it without you all.

Looking forward to seeing you all (and more) back next year and running for JSK!

 Below: Some of the JSK team managed to brave the cold and meet up before the race  

City to Surf

Hope you are all gearing up for the big day – parkas and ponchos may be necessary given the blustery conditions today.

Thank you for all the generous sponsorship and support   for the event .


Jacqui Azizi from P.I.Fritness .

Balmain Fitness

“Blokes ” Balmain

Brays Books Balmain

Johnson Family Booorowa for the meat for the BBQ.

Trophies will be awarded after the event for

Fastest Male Runner

Fastest Female Runner

“Good Bloke” Award

“Ticker” Award

“Spirit of JSK” Award

Text us on 0416182486 or 0414242617 if you need any further information about the day .




JSK Memorial Cocktail Party Thank you

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your kind support.

It is with great pleasure that we write to thank you for attending the John Skipper Kelly Fund Memorial Cocktail Party on the 24th of March.

We would also like to acknowledge our major sponsor – The Welcome Hotel  Evans St , Balmain for the venue and beautiful food : Whispering Brook ,  Red Dust Designs , Philippa Kelly, and Embellish atelier for raffle prizes, Guest Singers Therese Brooker, Brigid Kennedy , and James Kelly . Guest Speaker Michael Traill, Susie Russell , Sarah – Activate Australia , and Tess Kelly , and our  Volunteers –  Hugh Stewart and Hollie Wright. 

With your assistance we were able to raise over $15 000 for the John Skipper Kelly Fund – creating leadership opportunities for disadvantaged youth. The JSK Fund has grown over the past year, and we are so grateful to all who have encouraged this. As Ben wrote from Nepal:

Hi all! It’s Ben Kelly Jr writing from Nepal! I would love to express my thanks for all your support for the family and JSK fund in the past year. A few days ago I climbed the Kala Pattar ridge among the awe inspiring Himalayan giants of Everest, Nuptse and Amadablam, to build a small memorial in dad’s honour. Like that memorial, I hope the fund you have helped create will stand as a tribute to the man we loved and a continuation of the social work he set out to do.

I express on behalf of the JSK Fund Trustees and all the Kelly Family heartfelt thanks to you for efforts and contributing to such a memorable evening.

Kind regards,

Catherine Kelly.

 Trustee, John Skipper Kelly Fund 

John Skipper Kelly Memorial Cocktail Party – 24 March 2012

 The Kelly Family

 Invite you to a cocktail party

                                                                   In  memory of

John Skipper Kelly

24th March

From 6.30p.m.-10.30p.m.

The Welcome Hotel,

91 Evans St, Rozelle.


We will report on the successes of the Fund in 2011,

 and its direction in 2012.

Entertainment by Therese Brooker, James Kelly, and Brigid Kennedy .

We hope you can join us for this special occasion.

Tickets $55

RSVP 10th March 2011

Catherine Kelly


Direct Deposit :John Skipper Kelly fund 

Westpac BSB 032-102 Account Number 704136

Credit Card Available


Sponsored by the Welcome Hotel.

Save The Dates for 2012

4th March – LOST Leichhardt Open Studio Trail – Embellish atelier – afternoon tea  proceeds to JSKfund . Studio – 48 Victoria Rd Rozelle .

24th March – Birthday Memorial Dinner- Welcome Hotel – 7p.m.-11pm  $55 per person

Running for JSK – City to Surf


Inspired by the Kelly Gang

Intricate Production process for forming the bolo

Sterling Silver – ben1990-$265

Sterling Silver - JSK 1960 - $265.00

tess1993 Sterling Silver $235

Kellygangclassic Numbered bronze series $185 small $165

jamesw1994 Sterling Silver $265


catherine 1961 - Sterling Silver $235

ben1990- $265 Sterling Silver

Ned Kelly Bolos

Tony Kelly modelling his Ned Kelly bolo

Richard Stutchbury – Sculptor created this  beautiful series of Bolos for the family .


Limited edition available for sale and to order sculpted from copper $165 each  and from  $235 for exquisite  Sterling Silver .

Proceeds to the jskfund



catherine 1961 - Sterling Silver $235


jamesw1994 Sterling Silver $265

The Rose

Red Silk Flower Embellish atelier Headpiece with vintage braid trim -

Rose Disc Couture Headpiece with Handtooled silk flower


Ben Kelly jnr alongside The Torch painted by esteemed artist  Stephen Nothling in Johns Memory

All headpieces pictured are available  at the very special price of $200. Each piece  is individually crafted in the Embellish atelier studio using exquisite materials and  traditional millinery techniques. 

Thank you for Running for JSK

Ben Kelly completing Inward bound run for St Johns College 2010

Rowan and Tim Russell Running for JSK in the City to Surf 2010 -

Thank you everyone for supporting the Running for JSK events. Congratulations Tess on completing the City to Surf,  Half Marathon, and IB run . Ben Kelly jnr  completed both the IB run , and City to Surf in cracking times

Running for JSK t-shirts $25

Tess completed the SMH Half Marathon

Setting off early to complete the 2010 City to Surf - Running for JSK