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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 – tiffany@jmf.com.au

The John Maclean Foundation, jmf.com.au, 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.

 

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.

An update to celebrate International Wheelchair Day!

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An update to celebrate International Wheelchair Day!

What better way to celebrate today than to share a special update from Talitha who was a grant recipient from our JMF Kids 4 Kids 2015 presentation.

She melted all our hearts with her adorable smile and cheeky personality.

We love getting updates from our families so we can see and share with you the amazing changes that our grants have on the lives of the children we help.

We were so excited to receive this update from Talitha’s mum.

Talitha is loving school! 

Thank you so much for your generous funding of supporting Talitha starting school and giving her an opportunity to playing independently. 

The drum set was a huge hit! Thank you so much! It came just in time for Christmas.

TalithaBandJam

Talitha playing the drums on her Band Jam musical unit which was part of the Grant she received.

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

An update from the Baker’s

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An update from the Baker’s was a great way start for JMF on Australia Day.

Brodie and his grandparents have been a special part of the JMF family for a long time and we have loved watching him grow into the incredible young man we saw again late last year at the JMF Kids 4 Kids presentation at Armadale Primary school.

We granted the Baker’s $8000 towards bathroom modifications so that Brodie could continue to be bathed at home and ensure a safe environment for everyone.

Jenny and Andy sent us these before and after pics of the transformation.

Electrical switches were re-located to safer positions. Securing structural walls for the new shower entrance. New tiles and safety grab rails were installed.

Electrical switches were re-located to safer positions. Structural walls were secured for the new shower entrance. New tiles and safety grab rails were installed.

A new stepless entry was constructed for the shower to enable easy seamless access for Brodie and his carers. Safety grab rails from the bathroom leading into the shower were installed and a hand help shower rose to ensure a stress free and safe bathing experience for Brodie.

A new stepless entry was constructed for the shower to enable easy seamless access for Brodie and his carers. Safety grab rails from the bathroom leading into the shower were installed and a hand help shower rose to ensure a stress free and safe bathing experience for Brodie.

We are looking forward to helping the Baker’s in the future to ensure Brodie continues to have every opportunity for independence in his everyday life.

Thanks for the update Jenny, Andy and Brodie.

What an infectious smile!

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What an infectious smile!

We love being able to continue supporting our families to ensure all their needs are granted as their children grow and change.

You last met Gennevieve in late 2014 where we granted her a brand new wheelchair to enable her better mobility, access to the community, independence and of course the ability to play with her five siblings.

Gennevieve Elvidge

Cheeky Little Gennevieve in 2014

As you can see from the this latest picture of Gennevieve below, taken in December, she has had a big growth spurt and is rapidly growing into a beautiful young lady.

JMF is granting Gennevieve the adjustments needed to widen the chair we purchased for her to ensure her ongoing comfort and support.

A big Christmas smile from Gennevieve.

A BIG Christmas smile from Gennevieve.

Granting this Fairy a Christmas wish!

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Granting this Fairy a Christmas wish!

This little Fairy’s name is Avalon, she is four years old and has Cerebral Palsy which affects movement in her limbs and body. She lives at home with her mum and dad and goes to pre-school two days a week.

JMF granting this precious Fairy her wish ...

JMF granting this precious Fairy her wish …

Avalon uses a a wheelchair to mobilise in the community and home. When it comes to a suitable seat she currently relies on a regular high chair which is insufficient in supporting her posture and positioning and does not help facilitate her participation in activities of daily living.

Avalon’s sitting posture and ability to use her hands significantly impacts on her participation in everyday age appropriate activities such as drawing, painting, using the iPad, learning to feed herself with a spoon, communicating and socialising with her family and friends.

JMF is granting Avalon a Jenx Junior Hi-Lo Chair which provides support and the perfect positioning to facilitate an active posture to participate in table top activities. Avalon can use t at the dinner table for mealtimes and at the kitchen bench to engage in meal prep and cooking activities with her parents. 

The chair will provide the opportunity to support Avalon with standing transfers as her physical abilities progress, promoting more independence with her mobility.

Avalon’s family plan to use the chair when on holidays or out to restaurants to provide the opportunity for her to sit at a table in a restaurant independently.

JMF hopes it arrives in time for Avalon to be able to enjoy Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner at the table comfortably with her family.

Little Avalon is an incredible little four year old girl who is not letting anything get in her way.

Little Avalon is an incredible little four year old girl who is not letting anything get in her way.

Rose is ready to ride thanks to JMF Kids 4 Kids!

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Rose is ready to ride thanks to JMF Kids 4 Kids!

Congratulations to all participants of JMF Kids 4 Kids and Big Kids 4 Kids, this is the difference you are making to Aussie children’s lives … Your hard work and donations are allowing children like Rose to enjoy the simplest of pleasures in life … riding a bike for the very first time!

Rose was unable to attend our recent JMF Kids 4 Kids presentation at Armadale Primary school as she was not well. Her mum sent through this short clip of Rose having the first ride of her new Tricycle that was granted to her all thanks to all the JMF Kids 4 Kids and Big Kids 4 Kids participants.

Look at her go! 

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. ”