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The 2018 JMF Ride Day heads to the scenic Hunter Valley for a NEW VENUE. On our ride amongst the vineyards of this beautiful region we will be joined (for the whole weekend!) by Australian cycling icon and two-time Olympic Champion Anna Meares! We are honoured and humbled to have Anna join us. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride with with Anna.

For this year’s event our base is the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley for the evenings of September 7 and 8, 2018 with a great schedule of riding, wine tasting and the official presentation dinner with grants presented to some fantastic families. The riding throughout the region is brilliant and on the morning of Saturday September 7 we will have a “shorter and slower” (circa 50-60km distance) and a “further and faster” (circa 100 – 120km distance) group to offer something for all abilities. 

Your Saturday morning effort on the bike will be rewarded with an afternoon at the stunning Tinonee Vineyard Estate for canapes and wine tasting. Our bus transfers to and from the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley will allow you to enjoy a couple of drinks before we sit down to our formal presentation dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley where we will present grants to deserving young Australians and see the fruits of your fundraising efforts before your eyes.

We have a group accommodation block in place at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and have a range of single occupancy, double occupancy, twin share and two bedroom villa options available.

All details for the 2018 JMF Ride Day are available to download here.


Thank you for your continued support of the John Maclean Foundation and the JMF Ride Day. We hope you can join us (and Anna Meares!) for this year’s event.


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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 Monday April 30, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday June 2, 2018.

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.

Charity Football Match Raises Funds for New Power Wheelchair

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On the 21st February, Hills Football and Hills United FC hosted the inaugural Hills Football All Stars Charity Match in support of the John Maclean Foundation.

The aim was to raise as much money as we could to help purchase Chris Holmes a new Power Wheelchair in order for him to compete the upcoming football season. The night kicked off with a demonstration from the NSW Powerchair team

The match, held in front of a crowd over over 600 at Valentine Sports Park finished 3-1 with Hills United FC the victors on the night. It was an entertaining match played in high spirits all for a great cause. The were plenty of chances for both teams in an end to end thriller.

The community has managed to raise $5,475 for the event. John Maclean on the night confirmed Chris will be receiving his new chair in order to play Powerchair Football!

The John Maclean Foundation would like to thank Hills Football and Hills United FC, Hills Shire Council Mayor Michelle Byrne, Members of the NSW Powerchair team and everyone who came out on the night and supported the cause. We will be back in 2019 with hopefully some more age groups!

Hills Football Club Joins Forces with the John Maclean Foundation to raise funds for Australian wheelchair users.

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An inaugural Sydney charity football match between the Hills Football All Stars and Hills United FC will be used to raise funds for the John Maclean Foundation. One key recipient of funds raised is 19-year-old power chair footballer, Chris Holmes, who is in desperate need of a new power wheelchair.

Chris suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and is wholly dependent on others for mobility, personal assistance, and day-to-day living. Chris uses a power wheelchair permanently and fully enjoys life within his family, his community and within football.

Chris commenced playing football two seasons ago in the Reserve grade competition and was rewarded with a spot in the NSW Premier League with Central Coast Mariners First team who regularly play against Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets power chair teams.

Almost all other players use what is called “Strike Force” chairs, which are specially designed chairs for football. Manufactured in the USA “Strike Force” chairs re the standard needed to achieve success in football. Unfortunately, Chris is currently playing in an outdated and unsuitable chair that is restricting his capacity to play.

So this is where we are going to come in to combine forces and raise funds to purchase anew Strike Force Power Wheelchair and Soccer Guard, which starts at USD $7,800. You can learn more about the Strike Force power wheelchair and soccer guard here.

All donations over $2 made to the John Maclean Foundation are tax deductible and you can support the fundraising efforts here.

The inaugural Hills Football All Stars v Hills United FC is an exhibition match designed to showcase the best of Hills Football, up against local representative side, Hills United FC. Hills Football has selected a squad of 20 players, picked from each of Hills Football Premier League 1 clubs. Both sides will be honouring their local junior clubs by wearing the socks of the clubs they either play for or represented as juniors.

The match will take place on the 21st February at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood. 7.30pm Kick Off.


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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.