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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 Unfortunately, Chris is currently playing in an outdated and unsuitable chair that is restricting his capacity to play.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.

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.

Another School making a HUGE IMPACT

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Another School making a HUGE IMPACT. JMF Kids 4 Kids has two incredible schools that have supported participation in this years challenge.

In Victoria we have Armadale Primary and in NSW St Paul’s Grammar are going to great lengths to become Ironman Triathletes whilst raising money for Aussie wheelies.

Here are some stats from St Paul’s Grammar School.

  • They have a total of 10 students participating; eight individuals and one team of two!
  • They will cover a total distance of 2034km which equates to driving from Penrith to Mildura and back!

You have to give credit to the seven 12 to 15 year olds that are doing this for children in wheelchairs!

They have raised a total of $3,190.62 so far … HUGE Congratulations.

John’s next epic adventure

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John’s next epic adventure takes him to Philadelphia for the City to Shore Bike Ride supporting MS. He will attempt to cover 260km’s over 2 days on a conventional bike.

Nothing is too much for John who continues to inspire and give hope to Australian’s living in wheelchairs.

SUPPORT JMF TODAY and help us change lives and give hope to children around Australia.

Ashlea is full of smiles

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Lovely Ashlea and her family attended a Clarendon Homes Event last Friday in Sydney where she was presented with a Grant for $15,000.

The donation from Clarendon homes has meant that JMF can grant Ashlea a brand new custom manual wheelchair and a Hi Low chair.

Without supporters like Clarendon Homes JMF cannot continue to change the lives of these precious little Australians.

Help us support more families by DONATING TODAY

OR taking on a challenge like #JMFKids4Kids and #JMFBigKids4Kids

Beautiful Ashlea after receiving her Grant. A new manual wheelchair and a hi Low Chair will completely change her life and that of her families. We are so proud to have been able to help Ashlea and her family and shout out a BIG JMF thanks to Clarendon Homes.

Beautiful Ashlea after receiving her Grant. A new manual wheelchair and a hi Low Chair will completely change her life and that of her families. We are so proud to have been able to help Ashlea and her family and shout out a BIG JMF thanks to Clarendon Homes.

Change for Hannah

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Change for Hannah – you can help us change lives too

Hannah is a beautiful 11 years old girl who lives with her parents and younger sister. She is not able to walk without equipment as pictured below and is always seen scooting around in her manual wheelchair.

Currently Hannah’s bathroom is not very accessible for her and a temporary ramp and platform have been arranged to allow her mother to push her into the shower using a her mobile shower chair.

Unfortunately this arrangement is difficult due to the small space available, which makes what should be a relaxing experience a potentially dangerous one.

On June 25th at Urban Hotel Brisbane JMF will be granting Hannah and her family bathroom modifications that will change this arrangement and create an easily accessible and safe shower area, which will change their lives.

These grants cannot be given without the generous support of partners like Accor Asia Pacific, Hyundai Help for Kids, all the participants of JMF Kids 4 kids 2014 including the support of Boost Foundation.

Support JMF DONATE TODAY and help us change the lives of children just like Hannah

JMac planning his next challenge

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Is JMac planning his next challenge?

He is certainly getting some training done, seen here after after a long tandem ride.

Any guesses for what might be next for John Maclean?

Any suggestions on what challenge John should take on next?

John getting some cycling miles up on a tandem bike.

John getting some cycling miles up on a tandem bike.

Thanks @Hyundai Australia and @Hyundai Help for Kids for enabling John to get around town and supporting The John Maclean Foundation.


Hyundai Help for Kids supporting JMF and young Australian’s in wheelchairs.