Givealittle fundraiser raises more than $30,000 for search effort to find missing New Zealander Jordan Kelly

Jordan Kelly went missing in Brisbane's Moreton Bay.
Jordan Kelly went missing in Brisbane's Moreton Bay. Photo credit: Givealittle

A Givealittle page for a missing New Zealander off the coast of Australia has raised more than $30,000 in less than 24 hours.

Jordan Kelly went missing after training for a surf ski competition in Moreton Bay, Brisbane on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was training with his friend Jack McDonald, 28, when McDonald's ski began to take on water.

It's understood Kelly then paddled over to help and both ended up clinging to their skis in the cold water until dark.

Although McDonald managed to return to his ski and make it back to shore, Kelly remains missing.

A large search and rescue operation was subsequently launched but he has yet to be found.

A Givealittle page set up by Kelly's family to "support volunteers and assist with bringing more resources in to search to bring Jordan home" has so far received more than $34,000.

"We are so incredibly thankful for all of the words of support, messages and offers of help," the family wrote on the page.

"We are especially grateful to the Brisbane Water Police who have been leading the search mission, and all the other incredible volunteers from other organisations and community groups involved."

More than 400 people have so far donated to the page.