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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.

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!

Brodie is a SURVIVOR!

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Brodie is a SURVIVOR!

JMF is proud to announce Brodie as our second JMF Kids & Big Kids 4 Kids grant recipient for 2015.

Brodie is a beautiful and strong willed 13-year-old boy who relies on a wheelchair for day-to-day mobility and still regularly undergoes treatment and surgeries at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Brodie has cerebral palsy which was caused by abuse, horrible shaking by his mother, when he was less than a year old.

What a smile this gorgeous boy has. He continues to fight every day to be as included and interactive in everyday life as he can possible be and continues to defy all the odds.

What a smile this gorgeous boy has. He continues to fight every day to be as included and interactive in everyday life as he can possible be and continues to defy all the odds.

Brodie lives with his grandparents who have dedicated their lives to caring for him. JMF first met him when he was six years old. The Foundation has granted over $20,000 in support for Brodie and his inspirational grandparents. The grants we have been able to provide have assisted with a wheelchair car modification, a new trike that at the time helped to build leg strength and provide some independence. We also have provided an accessible computer with a touch monitor that Brodie worked by touching the monitor instead of the keyboard and mouse.

Brodie has defied the odds all of his life and continues to push the boundaries on a daily basis. He has exceeded his reading goals and is considered to be top of his class and quite often will read a story to the whole class, he absolutely loves all of his books that he has and often stays in bed a bit longer on the weekend to read them.

He also loves his touch screen computer and his iPad and has a great love for music especially Michael Jackson. He sings with his Carers while he is in the shower and this is how they get him to do some of his exercises.

Brodie can write a little and is always challenging himself with new words to spell. He can correctly identify time to the hour and independently read the time on a digital clock and also analogue.

Brodie is one smart little boy especially as he has only got half a brain as a result of the horrific shaking that he endured as a baby.

As Brodie grows, his needs become more complex and it becomes a little more challenging to create a safe environment in the bathroom for him to be bathed. JMF is so happy to be contributing to bathroom modifications that will make it a safer and more enjoyable environment for Brodie to bathe in. Without the modifications he would no longer be able to be showered at home as it is too hard for the Carers.

This grant will ensure Brodie can remain at home and make a much safer and more independent environment for him to be bathed in.

We look forward to continuing to support Brodie and his grandparents and have no doubt he will continue to defy the odds.

This is Brodie in the All Abilities Swing in Bairnsdale which he visits on most weekends. He just loves the swing.

This is Brodie in the All Abilities Swing in Bairnsdale which he visits on most weekends. He just loves the swing.

If you would like to support JMF Kids & Big Kids 4 Kids please donate today so we continue to help Brodie and his grandparents into the future.

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