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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.


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.


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

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.


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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

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.