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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.

 

It’s Tommy’s Turn

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It’s Tommy’s Turn – On Sunday March 13, at the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne we will be changing the life of a beautiful 2 year old boy.

Tommy has Cerebral Palsy and severe vision impairment … but this does not stop him enjoying playing with his three older siblings and the sights and sounds of the outdoors.

Tommy’s little body suffers from stiffness and weakness which means he needs specific support to be comfortable and safe in his everyday life.

His loving family spend much of the day carrying Tommy which creates challenges for them and makes it difficult to get their everyday jobs and chores completed, not to mention the physical toll this takes.

Soon Tommy will have outgrown his stroller and although he has been successfully trialled, the cost is more than his family can manage.

JMF together with Craig Percival and his #8in8in8 challenge, in which he is completing 8 Ironman distance triathlon across 8 states in 8 consecutive days whilst raising money for children in wheelchairs, are granting Tommy a Zippie Iris Manual wheelchair.

This $8945 grant will enable Tommy access to the community, the support he needs to sit comfortably upright, inclusion and engagement in his every day life.

Two year old Tommy is about to receive a life changing grant ... His very first wheelchair that will not only change his life but that of his loving families.

Two year old Tommy is about to receive a life changing grant … His very first wheelchair that will not only change his life but that of his loving families.

Support Craig Percival by donating to #8in8in8. Read his story and be inspired by the challenge he has set himself to help us change the lives of children like Tommy across Australia.

JMF Kids 4 Kids 2015

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JMF Kids 4 Kids 2015 set a new record

With over 75 participants this year raising almost $25,000 across Australia the program is only going to be bigger and better in 2016.

We are looking forward to working with our partners Hyundai Help for Kids, Boost FoundationJune Canavan Foundation and Triathlon Australia again who generously donated in excess of $45,000 towards JMF Kids 4 Kids.

A BIG JMF thanks goes to the Armadale Allstars from Armadale Primary School in Melbourne and the team from St Paul’s Grammar who collectively raised in excess of $12,000.

If you would like to enquire about JMF Kids 4 Kids 2016 please email Tiffany@jmf.com.au

CHALLENGE 4 CHANGE

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Challenge 4 Change is a campaign that Stephane from Geelong Performance Coaching has instigated not only to raise money to change the lives of children living in wheelchairs but to share the stories of three athletes who are fighting through some serious injuries after serious bike crashes.

I am a Director and level 2 Head Coach at Geelong Performance Coaching. I have coached full time for seven years in Australia and until recently my squad had never had a serious accident.

Recently my world was turned upside down when three squad members were involved in life changing serious accidents, all in the space of a month.

Late November 2015, one of my best friends, Craig Morgan was involved in a hit and run incident which nearly took his life and left him with extensive internal and external injuries, including his spine. He is on the road to recovery with a mission to hopefully learn to walk again.

A month later Jo Monaghan was riding with us and her wheel picked up a piece of metal that sliced her fork off resulting in a heavy fall on her face. She was in a coma for 2 weeks. Her mission will be to hopefully learn to speak again.

Lastly Zoe Adams, one of my most talented athletes, fell hard on her shoulder and broke her collarbone in three pieces, which required surgery and a long forced break.

These crashes made me realize that everyone who rides a bike is vulnerable and nobody is safe from the possibility of a run in with a motorist or a freak accident. These accidents have affected me deeply as a coach, a cyclist and a person and not a day goes by where they are not in my thoughts.

Please help my squad and I raise some money for the John Maclean Foundation who exists to change the lives of young Australians who live in wheelchairs. The money they raise goes towards purchasing equipment and making modifications to cars and homes to ensure that these children and their families remain active and included in their everyday lives.

I want to raise money for young Australian’s who live in wheelchairs and bring them financial support to help rebuild and modify their lifestyle.

I am challenging myself to break 9 hours at IRONMAN New Zealand and or IRONMAN WA for the first time at the age of 40.

Every donation will make me push myself even harder to reach this goal and if I come in under 9 hours I would like to encourage you to double your donation!

Help Stephane achieve his goal and donate today!

#8in8in8 – 8 Ironman Distance Triathlons 8 states 8 days

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#8in8in8 – 8 Ironman Distance Triathlons 8 states 8 days

An incredible man and athlete has set himself an incredible challenge, something that has never been attempted here in Australia … Eight consecutive Ironman distance triathlons, in Eight consecutive days across Eight States and Territories in Australia!

Not only is he testing the limits of what is possible physically he is doing this to raise money for children across Australia who live in wheelchairs to provide equipment for them to be able to chase their own dreams in everyday life. Craig will be raising money for The John Maclean Foundation during this epic journey.

We have interest from supporters to not only join Craig on different legs of his journey and support him through what will be a gruelling challenge but also help us raise money to inspire and assist families with children in wheelchairs across Australia chase their dreams.

Here is the press release which was launched last week with all the details currently at hand…

Launch: 8in8in8 : Australian-first multiple “Iron-distance” attempt

Ultra-endurance athlete Craig Percival will attempt to complete 8 “Ironman” distance triathlons in 8 consecutive days around Australia in March 2016 

Melbourne endurance coach and ultraman athlete Craig Percival has announced that he will be attempting an Australian first in the triathlon world. In March 2016, he will attempt to complete 8 full “ironman” distance triathlons in all 8 states and territories of Australia in 8 consecutive days. While attempting this incredible test of the human ability, he will also be raising money for a cause close to his heart, the John Maclean Foundation.

Renowned as one of the world’s toughest endurance events, the “Iron distance” triathlon comprises a 3.8k swim, 180.2k bike ride and 42.2k run. For most athletes, a single Ironman event is considered a major life achievement. Only a handful have ever attempted to complete multiple races over consecutive days.

While the ‘8in8in8’ will be an incredible athletic feat, it also presents an enormous logistical challenge. Craig is currently designing the 8 courses he will cover in each state/territory, as well as co-ordinating flights to ensure he has sufficient time to complete each event, eat, recover, and prepare for the next day.

Craig first dreamt up his ‘8in8in8’ goal after finishing second at the Ultraman World Championship in Hawaii last year. Following his success in Hawaii, Craig assisted in bringing Ultraman to Australia for the first time in May 2015. At the same time, he started thinking about just how far he could push himself mentally and physically.

Craig said, “I’ve always been fascinated by what people can achieve when they set their minds to it. That’s why I created (my business) No Limits Endurance – to assist and guide people in breaking through barriers, believing in themselves and doing things that they can look back on with enormous pride.

“I’ve been very fortunate throughout my athletic career to do some amazing events and training. In taking on 8in8in8, I wanted to find a way to give back to the triathlon community that has been so fundamental to my life.

“John Maclean is one of my personal heroes. What that guy has achieved – as an athlete, as a person, and through his foundation – is just phenomenal. The thought of using my physical ability to raise money for young Australians living in wheelchairs, who are not able to swim, bike and run like me, motivates me. The money raised will help grant these children equipment they need to remain active and included in their everyday lives”.

John Maclean said, “On behalf of The John Maclean Foundation we are humbled that Craig is supporting us. With the money and awareness he raises through this epic challenge he will be helping us continue to change the lives of young children in wheelchairs across Australia.

“On a personal level and as an athlete that has challenged myself beyond what I thought was possible both physically and mentally, I wish Craig the best of luck. Through my experience, if you surround yourself with the support of people who believe in you, you can realise your dreams”.

Craig will be starting his extreme endurance challenge on the 6th March in Darwin and will then complete consecutive ironman distance events in Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane before finishing in Melbourne, his hometown, on 13th March.

8in8in8 Itinerary 

Sunday 6 March – Darwin, NT

Monday 7 March – Perth, WA

Tuesday 8 March – Adelaide, SA

Wednesday 9 March – Hobart, TAS

Thursday 10 March – Canberra, ACT

Friday 11 March – Sydney, NSW

Saturday 12 March – Brisbane, QLD

Sunday 13 March – Melbourne, VIC

About Craig Percival

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Craig Percival is a husband, a dad of two young chidren, and a world-class endurance athlete, competing most recently in the 2014 Ultraman World Championship event in Hawaii where he placed second overall. He has completed over 20 Ironman triathlons, including four World Championship events, and has been coaching elite and beginner endurance athletes for the past 14 years.

 

JMF Kids 4 Kids are as tough as nails!

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JMF Kids 4 Kids are as tough as nails! Nothing stops them completing their Ironman challenge.

Ineke took on JMF Kids 4 Kids Challenge 12 week challenge and broke her arm half way through. She did not let her broken arm and cast get in the way of her swim session.

Congratulations Ineke you have won yourself a Garmin Vivofit.

” Here is a video of me doing some of my swimming for the JMF challenge while I had my arm in a cast. I’ve been talking to my family about the foundation and hopefully I can get some more donations, I have enjoyed the challenge a lot even with a fractured wrist. I really enjoyed meeting Talitha and Brodie at assembly. They inspired me. ”

Words cannot express their courage …

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Words cannot express their courage … 

I wanted to share with everyone the words that Jenny Baker, Brodie’s Grandmother, delivered at the JMF Kids 4 Kids presentation at Armadale Primary school.

“Hi Friends

I can’t begin to express what your gift means to Brodie and our family. The money is most definitely helpful and will go to complete essential modifications to where Brodie lives and allow him to live as normal as his condition will allow.

We are also extremely greatful to John Maclean and his Foundation for their continuing support without which Brodie would not have progressed as far as he has, there is no doubt about that.

But more than the monetary value, we so greatly appreciate the thought behind the gift you children (JMF Kids 4 Kids) have made. Illness is a burden but your actions will really lighten the load. For that especially, we thank you.

12 years ago when we collected Brodie from The Royal Children’s Hospital his prognosis was not good and his future did not look good. His mother had shaken him so hard that he had lost half his brain and now had Cerebral Palsy. But with stimulation, exercises and the help of The John Maclean Foundation Brodie can now read, spell and use his iPad and computer. He also attends school and his latest report shows he is above average.

Looking after Brodie who has Cerebral Palsy and a brain injury has been difficult for us, but knowing we have the support of The John Maclean Foundation and children like you (JMF Kids 4 Kids) participating certainly helps.

Please know we wont forgot your kind gesture. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts and we wish you well in your future …”

Jenny and her Grandson Brodie at the JMF Kids 4 Kids presentation 2015.

Jenny and her Grandson Brodie at the JMF Kids 4 Kids presentation 2015.

What a DAY!

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What a DAY!

Yesterday JMF held a JMF Kids 4 Kids grant presentation at Armadale Primary school where 21 students and four adults have raised over $4500 so far during their challenge.

This presentation was special as it is the first of what we hope to be many JMF Kids 4 Kids schools across Australia who encourage their students to participate, create healthy habits by being active and very importantly teach their students the importance of giving and changing the life of another.

The presentation was held during the school assembly and we invited our Grant recipient families, our sponsors Boost Juice Foundation and Hyundai Help For Kids to join us to celebrate what the JMF Kids 4 Kids participants had achieved so far.

We hope that Armadale Primary school along with St Paul’s Grammar in NSW are the first of many schools to encourage their students to participate in this incredible program we run.

Could not have gotten through the day without Hyundai! Lots of things for the presentation in this boot!

Could not have gotten through the day without Hyundai! Lots of things for the presentation in this boot!

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Some of the Armadale Allstars helping us to film our promotional piece for next years JMF Kids 4 Kids program.

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All ready and set up for the most important part of the presentation … Grant for our three beautiful families.

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Hyundai presented Talitha with her grant that will pay for the equipment she needs to start school next year. This equipment enables her to be included in a regular school and start her education journey with everything she needs.

Boost Juice, Boost Foundation have supported JMF Kids 4 Kids for two years. They presented Brodie with a grant that will pay for the bathroom modifications needed to enable him to continue to be bathed at home as he Grows.

Boost Juice, Boost Foundation have supported JMF Kids 4 Kids for two years. They presented Brodie with a grant that will pay for the bathroom modifications needed to enable him to continue to be bathed at home as he grows.

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Post Presentation Celebrations!

 

A budding musician and very special little girl

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A budding musician and very special little girl, Talitha is five years old and has cerebral palsy and myopathy which are both severe and life limiting.

She lives at home with her mother and requires 24 hour care, 7 days a week with constant suctioning and repositioning in order to maintain a safe and clear airway.

Talitha picked this picture of herself for us to use to introduce you to her. How special is this precious little girl?

Talitha picked this picture of herself for us to use to introduce you to her. How special is this precious little girl? She LOVES her goldfish!

Talitha has a very exciting year to look forward to next year and we are so excited to be granting her $2643 to purchase some specialised supplies to assist her when she starts school next year!

These items include Band Jam an interactive musical devise, which will utilise Talitha’s love of music to develop her switching technique and skills, as well as encouraging independent and creative self-expression.

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Other items include: Height Adjustable table, 1kg angle weights, Dycem non slip mats, Therabrush, Arm & Leg wraps , Modified paint brush, Bent Textas, Modified scissors, Intelliswitch, Classroom suite and a Wedge Pillow.

All these items will ensure Talitha can enjoy and be included in all the activities her first year at school has to offer. We look forward to hearing all about her progress next year.

Pretty as a picture ... Talitha also loves her music so watch out mum she will be creating all sorts of sounds with her Band Jam.

Pretty as a picture … Talitha loves her music so watch out mum she will be creating all sorts of new sounds with her Band Jam.

A heart of GOLD!

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A heart of GOLD and sheer determination makes Phoenix Rogers a girl that will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

Phoenix is just 8 years old, the daughter of Football superstar Mat Rogers and TV personality Chloe Maxwell, and is one of our #JMFKids4Kids 8 weeks participants. She will complete an Ironman distance triathlon by swimming 4.8km, ride 180km and run 42.2km over 8 weeks because she wants to make a difference to the lives of children her own age who live in wheelchairs.

“I have already told Dad I will do an Ironman with him one day, but I’m just a kid so completing an Iron distance triathlon over an 8 weeks is pretty good for now”

She wants to raise as much money as she can to help children in wheelchairs.

“I think it’s so sad that some kids can’t do certain sports because they are in wheelchairs. I am hoping to raise lots of money to make lots of kids in wheelchairs smile … Mu mummy and Daddy like helping kids too. I am excited to do what i love and help raise money to help kids.”

Phoenix has a love for triathlon and won her age group in the Like Harrop Triathlon in Southport last year. Watch out! … This girl could one day represent Australia in the Olympics or at the IRONMAN World Championships as a professional triathlete.

If you would like to support Phoenix DONATE NOW

Phoenix is working hard to change lives of young Australian's in wheelchairs.

Phoenix is working hard to change lives of young Australian’s in wheelchairs.


Daddy just bought me a rainbow Python for swimming another 575m today yay!

I have a big rainbow tongue! Just kidding! Daddybought me a rainbow Python for finishing swim training. Another 600m today yay!