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Hills Football Club Joins Forces with the John Maclean Foundation to raise funds for Australian wheelchair users.

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An inaugural Sydney charity football match between the Hills Football All Stars and Hills United FC will be used to raise funds for the John Maclean Foundation. One key recipient of funds raised is 19-year-old power chair footballer, Chris Holmes, who is in desperate need of a new power wheelchair.

Chris suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and is wholly dependent on others for mobility, personal assistance, and day-to-day living. Chris uses a power wheelchair permanently and fully enjoys life within his family, his community and within football.

Chris commenced playing football two seasons ago in the Reserve grade competition and was rewarded with a spot in the NSW Premier League with Central Coast Mariners First team who regularly play against Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets power chair teams.

Almost all other players use what is called “Strike Force” chairs, which are specially designed chairs for football. Manufactured in the USA “Strike Force” chairs re the standard needed to achieve success in football. Unfortunately, Chris is currently playing in an outdated and unsuitable chair that is restricting his capacity to play.

So this is where we are going to come in to combine forces and raise funds to purchase anew Strike Force Power Wheelchair and Soccer Guard, which starts at USD $7,800. You can learn more about the Strike Force power wheelchair and soccer guard here.

All donations over $2 made to the John Maclean Foundation are tax deductible and you can support the fundraising efforts here.

The inaugural Hills Football All Stars v Hills United FC is an exhibition match designed to showcase the best of Hills Football, up against local representative side, Hills United FC. Hills Football has selected a squad of 20 players, picked from each of Hills Football Premier League 1 clubs. Both sides will be honouring their local junior clubs by wearing the socks of the clubs they either play for or represented as juniors.

The match will take place on the 21st February at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood. 7.30pm Kick Off.


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Following the success of the inaugural JMF Ride Day in December 2016, the John Maclean Foundation is pleased to announce that the JMF Ride Day will again be taking place this December 8-9, 2017 at The Retreat at Wisemans Ferry.

In 2016 we had the pleasure of hosting Australian cricket legend, Steve Waugh, and Tour De France Cyclist, Mark Renshaw, as our special guests.

For 2017 we are thrilled to have three very special guests join us for the JMF Ride Day, being:

Henk Vogels – Tour De France and Giro d”italia rider, 20 year pro cycling career, Olympian, Australian Cycling legend, SBS Cycling Analyst and a very funny guy!

Will Davison – V8 Supercar Driver for Tekno Autosports and two-time Bathurst 1000 Champion (2009, 2016) and avid cyclist.

Drew Ginn – Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Five Time Rowing World Champion. Multiple Ironman finisher and holder of the Australian 24 Hour Cycling Record.

The JMF Ride Day will again be based at Wiseman’s Ferry with The Retreat at Wisemans as our base. For 2017 we’ll be offering two ride distances on Saturday morning (December 9). John (Maclean) will take one group on a relaxed coffee ride, while those looking for a little more distance and pace can join the faster group who will cover off more distance. Both will depart and arrive from the same point at The Retreat at Wisemans.

The Ride Day will again include overnight accommodation at The Retreat, dinner function with John, our special guests and your fellow riders, a fully escorted group ride and lunch at The Retreat where we will be joined by our very special grant recipients.

The JMF Ride Day raises funds for young Australian wheelchair users who need our help. Since March of this year JMF has awarded over $175,000 in grants to young Australians to chase their dreams and enable a better quality of life. To continue this support the same registration structure applies for the 2017 JMF Ride Day. Each rider is required to pay a non-deductible registration fee of $500, plus a tax-deductible donation of $2,500.00 The donation component can be through funds raised among your family, friends and colleagues, or via a direct personal donation. For those wishing to raise funds via family, friends and colleagues, we will provide you with a personal on-line fundraising page for the JMF Ride Day.

The 2017 JMF Ride Day is again produced with the help of our great mates at Entoure, who we thank graciously for their continued support.

John Maclean Foundation gives away over $20,000

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The John Maclean Foundation (JMF) exists to change the lives of young Australians who use wheelchairs.

Sydney, NSW: On Thursday May 8, 2014 at URBAN Hotel in St Leonards, The John Maclean Foundation gave away over $20,000 worth of Grants to families with young Aussies in Wheelchairs.

Foundation founder John Maclean awarded each of the grants on the night, which directly enabled the purchase of a key piece of equipment enabling the recipients to remain as active and included in every day life as possible.

John Maclean has been in a wheelchair for 25 years after being hit by a truck whilst training for his first triathlon, the Nepean Tri. John was recently featured on 60 Minutes who covered some of his most incredible feats – from swimming the English Channel to finishing the Hawaiian IRONMAN and now leaving his wheelchair behind and taking steps towards walking again.

On October 26, 2014, John will be attempting the Nepean Triathlon as an able bodied athlete, no wheelchair…

“Someone needed to go out there and make a difference, to create awareness and equality for individuals in wheelchairs,” John told the crowd.

“From a wheelchair perspective doing the Hawaii IRONMAN and swimming the English Channel this is not conventional but I hope this gives insight to everyone that we are all equal.”

“Part of the Foundation’s mission statement is to show not just Australia but the world that children and adults in wheelchairs are equal. Only possibilities” John said.

Families and friends of the recipients and Foundation joined together to celebrate this very special evening.

3yo Hannah has a complex diagnosis resulting in blindness, development delay, hearing impairment and is unable to crawl or walk. JMF has purchased her a Flirefly Upsee, an innovative mobility device that will allow Hannah to stand and play with the support of an adult.

Four year old Emily has been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). JMF recently granted Emily a manual wheelchair and time we are adding a Tray and bottle holder for this wheelchair so Emily can have further independence.

Seven year old Lauren has Central Core Disease and the mobile stander that JMF contributed to will help her to maintain joint mobility, improve lung function and improve circulation. Lauren will be able to be mobile whilst using the stander.

Sixteen year old Dean received a spinal cord injury following a diving accident resulting in quadriplegia, impacting his ability to walk, use his arms and hands. JMF granted him a Smart Drive for his wheelchair, a power assist device that attaches to his manual wheelchair and provides increased power as he pushes.

This Grant money was raised by a group of kids who over a 12 week period completed and Ironman distance triathlon. They were all participants of the JMF Kids 4 Kids program.

JMF Kids 4 Kids program launches in June and this year we have a four, eight and 12 week program to complete the Ironman distance. This challenge includes the entire family and together you can swim, bike and run your way to raise money to help young Aussies in wheelchairs get the equipment they need to have the chance of being active like you and me.

None of this is possible without the tireless effort of those that donate, fundraise and participate in JMF programs like JMF Kids 4 Kids. Register for JMF Kids for Kids now or participate with John in the Nepean Tri JMF Wave and help us help those young Aussies in wheelchairs chase their dreams.

If you would like any more details about JMF Kids 4 Kids or the Nepean Triathlon JMF wave please register your interest by emailing –

The John Maclean Foundation,, holds official charitable status and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). JMF is also endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) by the ATO.

Grant Applications Being Taken Now

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The John Maclean Foundation is welcoming grant applications from recipient families and agencies to assist with the purchase of equipment and services to help improve the quality of life for young Australian wheelchair users.

Applications must be received by the John Maclean Foundation no later than 5pm AEDT Friday March 17, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday March 31, 2017.

All applicants must complete the John Maclean Foundation grant application form and provide all supporting documentation. More information about the Grant Application Process is available here.

JMF provides financial assistance to purchase items such as new wheelchairs, vehicle and house modifications, surgery and medical assistance, computers, remedial aids or any item that improves the quality of life for the recipient child and their family. Full details about what JMF will consider funding, and won’t fund, along with other key eligibility information is available here.


JMF Grant Recipient Update – Brodie Baker

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In 2006 JMF came to the assistance to 5 year old Lakes Entrance resident Brodie Baker, who received a new trike and computer and educational software to the value of $6,000.

Today we received an email from Brodie’s family which updated us on Brodie’s progress.

Brodie is now 11 years old, still in his wheelchair, he attends the Bairnsdale Specialists School and is doing very well.

He still has his touch screen computer and also has an iPad which he absolutely loves. He is reading, spelling and as his teacher say’s, doing amazing Maths. (They think he is a miracle at the Royal Childrens)

A little update on Brodie: He was a shaken baby,  resulting in terrible brain damage ( He only has ½ a brain because he was shaken so hard) . Brodie developed Cerebral Palsy and also had a stroke from all the trauma.

He cannot walk or transfer at the moment but has a lot of movement in his legs. He is very cheeky but lovable. Andy and I are his Grandparents, we have had him since he was 6 months old.

He is going into the Royal Children’s Hospital on the 24th of June to have plates removed from his hips. He had his femurs cut on both legs to put his hips back in place as they were not sitting correctly, the operation took 7 hours.

He had the plates put in and now they are to be removed, hopefully he will only be a couple of hours this time in Surgery.

– Email from Jenny, Andy and Brodie Baker, May 2014

JMF Grant Recipient Brodie Baker (Update)

Thanks for the update! We think Brodie is pretty amazing too! 

John Maclean Walks Again [As Featured on 60 MINUTES]

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No Limits: The incredible struggle that stunned medical experts

The tragic tackle which has left rising rugby league star Alex McKinnon with a broken neck and the prospect of never being able to walk again, is a sobering reminder of just how unforgiving spinal injuries can be.  John Maclean knows it better than anyone.

25 years ago, he too was an up and coming footy player when he was struck down in the cruelest of ways.  While on a training ride on Sydney’s M4 motorway, a truck smashed into John, leaving him paralysed from the waist down.

Not that life in a wheelchair has held him back.  He’s since achieved the most incredible feats – from swimming the English Channel to finishing the Hawaiian ironman.  But John has never given up hope of walking again.

Now, John’s achieving things that are astounding the medical world and redefining what might be possible for people with spinal injuries.

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No Limits: The incredible struggle that stunned medical experts

60 MINUTES 7:30 on Sunday

The tragic tackle which has left rising rugby league star Alex McKinnon with a broken neck and the prospect of never being able to walk again, is a sobering reminder of just how unforgiving spinal injuries can be.

John Maclean knows it better than anyone.

25 years ago, he too was an up and coming footy player when he was struck down in the cruelest of ways.

While on a training ride on Sydney’s M4 motorway, a truck smashed into John, leaving him paralysed from the waist down.

Not that life in a wheelchair has held him back.

He’s since achieved the most incredible feats – from swimming the English Channel to finishing the Hawaiian ironman.

But John has never given up hope of walking again.

Now, John’s achieving things that are astounding the medical world and redefining what might be possible for people with spinal injuries.

If you are not in Australia, or you miss the episode, you can view it online, from AEST 21:30.

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Your Supporter Page Now Integrates with MapMyFitness

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Be recognised for all that you give!

We all know that ‘giving’ is much more than money. It’s the time, effort and voice that you give to our cause that also counts. Now, you can make your training count for JMF thanks to an exciting innovation from our friends at Everyday Hero.

Your JMF Everyday Hero Supporter Page can now be integrated with workout information from your MapMyFitness app, allowing you to post your training workouts straight to your Supporter Page.

The post will display a map of your route, as well as the distance, duration, average speed and calories burned to show just how much effort you put in.

Show everyone just how much you’re actually doing for us and make the time and energy you put in to training for events like the JMF Kids 4 KidsPort to Port MTB, City2Surf and Ironman, count.

It’s so easy to get started

  • Download the free MapMyFitness app from the App Store to your iPhone or Android phone and create an account.
  • Create a new JMF Everyday Hero Supporter Page or log in to your existing page and in your account settings, you’ll see a prompt to connect your MapMyFitness account.
  • Enter your account details and allow Everyday Hero access to your MapMyFitness account and you’re done!

Next time you train, launch the MapMyFitness app and record your workout. When you’re done, the workouts you share with ‘everyone’ will automatically post to your Everyday Hero wall.

Not only will this inspire and motivate others (especially if you’re in a team), but it will also encourage people to give generously to your page when they see just how dedicated you are.

Kilometres run, hours given, calories burned – it’s now all acknowledged on your Everyday Hero Supporter Page.

TriTravel Announces ‘Retroman’ Tour

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Leading international triathlon and cycling travel company Tri Travel has announced a unique triathlon-inspired event tour that will provide triathletes with the chance to complete the swim, bike and run courses that comprised the very first Ironman event, held on Oahu, Hawaii in 1978.

The event and tour, affectionately known as ‘Retroman’ will take place from August 26-September 2, 2014 with the swim, bike and run components completed over three days of the US Labor Day long weekend.

The event will see participants run the original marathon course on Saturday August 30, 2014 with the event conducted exclusively for Retroman participants. The run component of the event is conducted in groups with a four-hour, five-hour and six-hour group providing opportunities for runners of all abilities.

On Sunday August 31, Retroman participants will race in the Dick Evans Memorial cycle race (originally the Around Oahu Bike Race), which is a 180km USA Cycling sanctioned event around the island of Oahu. Retroman participants will join hundreds of Hawaiian cyclists in this event, which starts in Hawaii Kai and navigates a large portion of Oahu, including riding along the famed surfing mecca of the North Shore.

To round out the three legs, Retroman participants will swim in the legendary 3.8km Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Monday September 1, 2014. This iconic swim begins at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki Beach with participants swimming parallel to Waikiki Beach to the finish line at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

This tour and event is a fantastic opportunity for any triathlete to participate in a little bit of history. There is no more famed triathlon in the world than the Hawaii Ironman and this is a chance to go back in time, so to speak, to re-trace the very origins of an iconic race” – Shane Smith, Director of Tri Travel.

Retroman 2014 expands on an event produced by the John Maclean Foundation in 2009 where a small group of nine Australian participants competed in all three events on the labour day long weekend while raising funds for the John Maclean Foundation, which provides funding support for young Australian wheelchair users. The 2014 event tour will again support the John Maclean Foundation (JMF) with a percentage of registrations fees being donated to JMF, as well as participants having the opportunity to raise funds for JMF via their participation.

John Maclean, legendary wheelchair athlete, Hawaii Ironman Hall of Famer and founder of the John Maclean Foundation will be one of the special guests on the 2014 Retroman tour, taking part in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim and supporting participants throughout the tour. Maclean will also be joined by triathlon royalty in Dave Orlowski, who finished third in the original 1978 race in Hawaii. Orlowski will provide a real sense of nostalgia on tour, being able to regale with participants about the original race and compete alongside Retroman participants.

Athletes from across the globe are eligible to register for the tour. There are strictly limited places available for the 2014 tour and participants are urged to register immediately in order to avoid disappointment. More information is available by calling the Tri Travel office on 1800 225 022 or emailing

View the 2014 Retroman Itinerary


December 3rd is Giving Tuesday

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#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 3, 2013. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners— charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world.

The global movement will be driven by people like you sharing what they’re doing for #GivingTuesday.

  • Follow us on one of your preferred social media networks
  • Start a workplace giving program
  • Help us spread the word. Post a photo of yourself telling the world that you support The John Maclean Foundation. Use the hashtags #UNselfie #GivingTuesday and don’t forget #JMF or Tag us, so we get to see.
  • Sign up as a fundraiser for a personal challenge that you are completing.

Giving Tuesday