John Maclean

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.

[vc_column_text]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.

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“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.

[vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″]

[vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text]

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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.


The Great Southern Crossing with JMF

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The Great Southern Crossing with JMF – You can support JMF by riding your bike!

In previous years you have been among an amazing group of people who have raised funds for us. We are really grateful for your support and wanted you to know that the money you have raised has helped us ensure we continue to help young Australians in wheelchairs remain active and included in their everyday lives.


Your ongoing support means a lot to us, so we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that you can continue to make a difference by fundraising for JMF in The Great Southern Crossing which begins on Nov 1, 2015.

The Great Southern Crossing is a virtual cycling event utilising Everydayhero’s platforrn’s brand new integration with the world’s most popular cycling app – Strava. The event takes place throughout the entire month of November and entry is free to all participants.

The way the event works is by challenging teams of up to 5 or individual cyclists to ride hard through the month of November, using Strava to log their kilometres. Each team’s goal is to log enough kilometres with Strava to virtually cross Australia on a route that will take them 5,200km from Brisbane to Perth.

Money raised from this event will continue to provide support and equipment for children who live in wheelchairs and help us grant them much needed equipment to change their lives.


1. Register now to participate in the Great Southern Crossing.
2. Make your participation count by raising money for The John Maclean Foundation. During the registration process you can select to fundraise for and have your own fundraising page automatically set up for you. It’s easy!

By the way there are some pretty cool prizes to win along the way!


If you are not quite up to date with John’s progress take a look at the picture right and check out the caption!

If John can get 118km done in one session then you could attempt 5200km in a month!

Another PB today. I rode 118kms on my bike with my mate G. Slow and steady will get me to the finish line. This is my plan.

Another PB today. I rode 118kms on my bike with my mate G. Slow and steady will get me to the finish line. This is my plan.

John’s next epic adventure

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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.

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JMF Kids 4 Kids program get a BOOST

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JMF Kids 4 Kids program get a BOOST

The John Maclean Foundation (JMF) exists to change the lives of young Australians who use wheelchairs.


Alexia and her mum Valia with John and Nikki from BOOST Juice

Little Alexia is enjoying the spring sunshine more than most thanks to hundreds of generous children who helped to buy her a special stroller. The two-year-old was born with Cerebral Palsy and was previously excluded from simple activities like play groups or walks outside with her family because of her condition. But last year she was a grant recipient of the JMF Kids 4 Kids Challenge and as a result, was gifted with an appropriate stroller that provides the support her little body needs.

Mum, Valia, said the stroller seemed like a small thing but it had been life-changing for Alexia and her family.

“JMF has provided our family with an amazing gift, a specialised pram for Alexia who has cerebral palsy,” (mum) said.

“The pram has changed our lives and has given Alexia an opportunity to see life while safely and comfortable supported in the pram. She loves being outdoors and this pram has made that possible.

“We thank everyone responsible for making this happen. We are truly blessed.”

This year, The Boost Foundation is supporting JMF Kids 4 Kids and Big Kids 4 Kids for the second time and together we are aiming to raise enough money to give grants to over 20 families nationally.

“JMF is changing lives for families all over Australia and we’re so honoured and proud to be a part of this amazing work,” Adam Neill, General Manager of Boost Juice, said.

“Living without disabilities, it’s easy to take for granted simple things like being able to go where you want to go, when you want to go there. But if you need special equipment to help you do that and you don’t have access to it, just getting around can be a major challenge and it can really limit what families are able to do together.

“We’re aiming to change that equation for 20 families this year and give them back the freedom of mobility.”

On Saturday Sept 5, 2015 The John Maclean Foundation’s JMF Kids 4 Kids and Big Kids 4 Kids program kicks off for another year.

JMF Kids 4 Kids and big Kids 4 Kids is a fun and active way for adults and children to work towards completing an Ironman distance triathlon over a 4, 8 or 12 week period. Every week participants swim, bike and run a little whilst logging their km and raising money to grant little wheelies the basic equipment they need to remain active and included in their everyday lives.

This challenge is not a race, it is about encouraging healthy lifestyles in children and adults with the knowledge they are helping to change the lives of children like Alexia who live in wheelchairs.

KM’s can be accumulated whilst playing weekend sports like footy, soccer, netball, basketball or whilst riding to school/work or taking swimming lessons. It is all about giving it your best shot.

At the conclusion of the program participants are invited to join the Foundation at a grant presentation where they will be awarded their finishers T-Shirts, presented their medals and finishers certificates and most importantly meet the children and the families like Alexia the money they have raised has helped.

CEO of The John Maclean Foundation, Tiffany Loftus-Hills said today “Without the support and generosity of Companies like BOOST, JMF could not touch the lives of as many families as we do.

With BOOST supporting programs like JMF Kids 4 Kids and Big Kids for Kids they are not only helping JMF change lives of young Australian’s in wheelchairs but helping us create an active, healthy and grateful generation of youths who gain the understanding of what is feels like to help others.”

JMF has added Big Kids 4 Kids to this year’s challenge. Big Kids 4 Kids enables adults to get involved and cover the Ironman distance triathlon over 12, eight or four weeks whilst raising money along the way. It’s a great way to get active, take on a challenge and either together with friends or on your own become Ironman.

To get involved register at JMFKIDS4KIDS, and get ready to start a challenge that will change your life and those of young Australian’s living in wheelchairs.

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.


BOOST Juice are proud supporters of JMF Kids 4 Kids 2015

Beautiful Words from an amazing family

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Beautiful words from an amazing family.

Elias was one of our grant recipients in Brisbane a few weeks back who loved the whole experience and now has a new found hero in John. His mum Kiki sent JMF a lovely note of thanks that we would like to share.

Thank you very much for a lovely evening and what a pleasure it was to meet JMF and all the people that are asscociated with the foundation. It has given Elias a new idol and what an inspirational man John is and Elias looks up to him and talks about him almost everyday. He was soo excited to see the photos that you sent via email and he wants to read his book when it arrives. It was a pleasure to meet soo many people that are very interested and wanting to help these type of children/adults and it has made me think if you need help you just need to ask. I am not a person that always asks for help so I am glad that I met some extrordinary people on the JMF night that was held at the Urban Hotel Brisbane. It was a pleasure and we enjoyed the evening very much. Thank you very much once again. What an amazing foundation that I didnt even know about before we received this Grant.

Elias with his mum Kiki and Grandfather at the recent grant presentation in Brisbane.

Elias with his mum Kiki and Grandfather at the recent grant presentation in Brisbane.

Changing Lives

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Changing Lives is what The John Maclean Foundation is all about.

We had the incredible opportunity of changing the lives of six families who have children with Cerebral Palsy last Friday night in Brisbane.

Here are some pictures of the beautiful children and their families who were presented with $15,000 worth in Grants.

A huge thank you to Hotel Urban Brisbane who donated their function space and catered for our presentation in spectacular style. Your support of the Foundation goes a long way towards helping to change the lives of little Aussie wheelies.

You can change lives too by DONATING TODAY

Ready to Roll at Urban Hotel Brisbane. What an incredible room and outlook for our Grant Presentation.

Ready to Roll at Hotel Urban Brisbane. What an incredible room and outlook for our Grant Presentation.

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Aliya and John after the presentation. This little princess was one of the stars of the night. JMF funded the gap that Aliya and her family needed to purchase this new set of wheels.

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Elias with his mum and grandfather. JMF granted Elias a Contour V Hip abduction brace for night time to achieve better positioning for his hips while sleeping to minimise further hip migration.

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I am told by Elias’s mum that John is his new Hero! We hope to be able to support Elias and his family into the future.

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Claude’s eldest brother spoke to the crowd about the changes to their lives these reverse cycle air conditioners would make. These two units will go a long way to improving the everyday life of Claude and reduce the number of hospital admissions and seizures he experiences every year.

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John and Ricky are about to present Cody and his family with a Grant to fund the Daessy mount and accessories that will enable him to better communicate with his family and the broader community.

Daelle and her family were granted a ReturnTransfer Platform which will allow her to pull herself up with only minimal help and transfer to her bed or wheelchair in a much safer way. It will also go a long way to ease Daelle’s mum’s chronic back pain.

Hannah and her family were granted the bathroom modifications she and her family needs to make it a safe, relaxing and enjoyable environment for them all.

The John Maclean Foundation welcomes these children into our Family and look forward to assisting them further as they grow and their needs change.

Please Donate today so we can continue to assist families around Australia. #Change4Change

A face filled with joy!

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Meet 7 year old Aliya with a face filled with joy and a smile to brighten anyones day.

Aliya lives at home with her father, adores school and playing with all of her friends. Aliya’s has Cerebral Palsy and her condition affects all of her limbs which makes her unable to sit, stand or walk without the use of equipment.

Aliya relies on a manual wheelchair to access both her home and the community and due to the amount of time she spends in it, it is imperative that the wheelchair is comfortable and supportive of her complex postural needs.

When Aliya is well supported in her wheelchair, she does not have to work to hold her body up and is able to focus her energy on the task at hand, such as completing her school work. Schooling is an important part of Aliya’s life and one that she loves as she is incredibly aware of her surroundings and craves continual cognitive stimulation.

Aliya is currently borrowing a chair from CPL which does not cater for her individual and postural needs. JMF is assisting to fund a manual wheelchair which will not only allow Aliya the freedom to move independently within her environment but also provide her the opportunity to actively participate within the community.

Aliya and her family are one of the six families who will be receiving Grants at Hotel Urban in Brisbane on Thursday where we will be giving away $15,000.

These Grants are made possible through your donations and with the help of JMF supporters like Accor, Hyundai help for Kids and Hotel Urban.

You can use your change to change the lives of young Aussies like Aliya by donating today.

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A chair that is correctly suited and fitted to Aliya’s postural and support needs will positively impact her everyday life and ensure her future remains as bright as her smile.


Remember every donation over $2 is tax deductible. #change4change

The June Canavan Foundation

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The June Canavan Foundation continues the humanitarian work undertaken by June during her life supporting a mission to create wellbeing and justice through programs in sport, education, health and conservation.

The Foundation recently generously donated $10,000 to JMF Kids 4 Kids 2015 program and we look forward to updating them on the success of this years program when it launches later this year.’

Anne Gripper recently joined John Maclean and the JMF team in Sydney to formally announce the grant.

Thanks for the support The June Canavan Foundation!

John and Anne

John Maclean thanks Anne Gripper from The June Canavan Foundation for their generous donation.

Big thanks to an absolute sporting legend!

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A big thanks to an absolute sporting legend and IRONMAN KING Craig Alexander, who is a big supporter of John and the Foundation, for taking part in the Live to TRI Tee initiative from Apres Velo.

Get yours now as $5 from every Tee sold up until the end of April will be donated to JMF.

This offer ends on April 30 so please support JMF and treat yourself to a great Tee to keep you motivated and looking good whilst keeping fit and active.

Craig Alexander

IRONMAN Legend Craig Alexander wearing the Live to TRI Tee from Apres Velo and supporting The John Maclean Foundation.