Leaving the Wheels Behind

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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The Great Southern Crossing with JMF

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Southern Crossing

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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National Nine News – Nepean Triathlon Leaving the wheels behind

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you missed John Maclean’s incredible journey captured by National Nine news … Here it is.

John Maclean after 26 years in a wheelchair completed the Nepean Triathlon as an abled bodied athlete. Alan Jones spoke to John the day after his EPIC journey at Nepean and introduced him and his story like this “Wherever you are just stop…This is the story to end all stories…This is not the story of the day or the story of the week this is the story of the decade…In the world of sport, well this isn’t sport this is courage”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The story to end all stories – The story of the decade

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Alan Jones spoke to John Maclean the day after his EPIC journey at Nepean and introduced him and his story like this “Wherever you are just stop…This is the story to end all stories…This is not the story of the day or the story of the week this is the story of the decade…In the world of sport, well this isn’t sport this is courage”

Everybody knows that John Maclean is an extraordinary person that has pushed every boundary known to man after being hit by an eight tone truck 26 years ago leaving him an incomplete paraplegic in a wheelchair.

In Penrith on Sunday 26, at Nepean Triathlon, John took the toughest challenge of his life to date, leaving his wheelchair behind and completing the triathlon he was training for when hit by that truck all those years ago as an abled body athlete.

John was surrounded by hundreds of friends and supporters on the day with celebrities like Craig Alexander, Ky Hurst, Steve Waugh, Jana Pittman and Phil Kearns by his side encouraging him through every step of the way.

It was the toughest challenge John has ever faced but with his wife Amanda and son Jack by his side he crossed the finish line after a 1km swim, 30km bike ride and an excruciating 10km walk which saw his feet torn to shred with blisters.

John crossing the line

John about to cross the Nepean Triathlon with Amanda his wife and son Jack.


A very special family moment was shared as John, Amanda and Jack all took in what has just been achieved.


Beautiful Annaleise receiving her grant presented by Steve Waugh


2 year old Genn could not be with us on the day as she had been admitted to hospital the night before

Speed racer Kobie was presented his Grant by none other than Craig Alexander

Speed racer Kobie was presented his Grant by none other than Craig Alexander


A face full of smiles was Thomas when he received his grant on Sunday

If you missed John Maclean on Sunday Night Channel 9 news click the link below to see the full footage:


Meet JMF’s little Gennevieve

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are so proud to announce our next round of amazing Grant Recipients, which are being introduced next weekend at Nepean Triathlon in Penrith. JMF will be presenting five fantastic families with grants for equipment they so desperately need to make a difference to their children’s lives.

It is all thanks to our amazing Sponsors and Fundraisers that we are able to give away $30,000 this Sunday, October 26th in Penrith after the Nepean Triathlon.

Gennevieve Elvidge

Cheeky Little 2 Year old Gennevieve will be getting her very own set of wheels enabling her to chase her five siblings in the play ground.

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Gennevieve is a gorgeous and very cheeky two year old girl with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and desperately needs a wheelchair.

She currently loans a wheelchair from Northcott, which is unfortunately too big for her. Gennevieve has been waiting for an extended period for a wheelchair of her very own that fits and will enable her to have independent mobility, better access the community and play outdoors with her five siblings.

What child does not deserve the freedom of independent mobility and the simple pleasures of playing and living a life full of smiles.

Come and join us in Penrith on Sunday and be a part of a very special celebration.



John Maclean – Catch me if you can!

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If you are looking for inspiration look no further. John Maclean is putting everything on the line on October 26 as he leaves his Wheels in transition and takes on Nepean Triathlon #JMFWAVE as an abled body athlete.

John will be joined by Sporting Legends like Steve Waugh, Ky Hurst, Phil Kearns and Jana Pittman along side 150 of his close friends and almost 2000 other competitors in Penrith.

John never gave up hope of walking again and now he is achieving things that are astounding the medical world and redefining what might be possible for people with spinal injuries.

Former Australian Cricket Captain Steve Waugh will be swapping his whites and donning a wetsuit and Lycra as he takes on his first triathlon challenge with John at the Nepean Triathlon.

“I’ve known John Maclean for over a decade now and I still marvel at his amazing attitude and enthusiasm to confront each and every challenge with 100% commitment. So when he invited me to join him in the Nepean Triathlon I immediately felt compelled to be a part of this adventure.

“This will be my first triathlon and John and I have been training hard and laughing loud at our many misadventures but we are both excited about lining up on the start line on October 26.”

Take a look at this video which shares with you what John has achieved and footage that shows exactly where he is headed.

Support John and the John Maclean Foundation by donating to this Event and help inspire young Aussies in Wheelchairs to reach for the stars in everyday life, just as John has.


Only Possibilities – John Maclean Walks

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John’s dream of completing Nepean Triathlon in October as an abled bodied athlete in the #JMFWAVE is becoming a reality as seen in this footage with him walking unaided and looking strong for 1km. Support John by registering for the #JMFWAVE, the 5km WALKTHETALK or donating to JMFJoin us and be a part of history in the Making.

Realising a dream – Nepean Triathlon

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Full Steam Ahead for John

John was hit by an 8 tonne truck that left him an incomplete paraplegic in a wheelchair whilst training for Nepean Triathlon. 26 years later he is returning, leaving his wheelchair behind in an historic attempt to complete the 1km swim, 30km bike ride and 10km run as an abled bodied athlete.

As each week passes John is getting stronger and his dream is becoming closer to a reality.

Join John at the Nepean Triathlon as a part of the JMF Wave and together we can swim, bike and run to the finish line.

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