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JMF Kids 4 Kids 2015

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To celebrate the end of this years #JMFKids4Kids and #BigKids4Kids Challenge I am sharing one of our participants winning videos. This video shares with you her most favourite part of the challenge and just how much she loved every step of the journey.

An enormous JMF thank you to all the participants in this years challenge. Together you have helped raise over $21,000 that will assist us in changing the lives of children living in wheelchairs around Australia.

We look forward to seeing you all back again in 2016.

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.

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.

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. ”

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.

Talitha

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!

 

Only Possibilities for this little girl …

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Only Possibilities for this little girl … We love receiving updates from the families we have helped and this clip is no exception. Beautiful Lauren continues to push herself everyday and the rewards are bountiful!

Lauren and her family were welcomed into the JMF family in 2014 and we are so proud to share this very special video. After years of intense Physio 8 year old Lauren managed her first independent transfer out of her chair. A HUGE milestone as it was thought she may never be able to achieve this. Congratulations you gorgeous SUPERSTAR!

Music Credit – www.bensound.com

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.

DO YOU LIVE NEAR MALVERN IN MELBOURNE AND LOVE A GREAT BURGER?

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Malvern

JMF has been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Malvern from today until the end of month and again for the whole month of November!

Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation! Simply head to Grill’d Malvern between now and the end of November for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.

It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support!

You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Malvern, 217 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern.