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JOIN US FOR THE 2018 JMF RIDE DAY

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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.

THE REGISTRATION FORM FOR THE 2018 JMF RIDE DAY CAN BE DOWNLOADED 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.

2018 JMF GRANT APPLICATIONS

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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.

2017 JMF RIDE DAY

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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.

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.

On October 26, 2014, John will be attempting the Nepean Triathlon as an able bodied athlete, no wheelchair…[/vc_column_text]

“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 – tiffany@jmf.com.au

The John Maclean Foundation, jmf.com.au, 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.

 

It’s Tommy’s Turn

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It’s Tommy’s Turn – On Sunday March 13, at the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne we will be changing the life of a beautiful 2 year old boy.

Tommy has Cerebral Palsy and severe vision impairment … but this does not stop him enjoying playing with his three older siblings and the sights and sounds of the outdoors.

Tommy’s little body suffers from stiffness and weakness which means he needs specific support to be comfortable and safe in his everyday life.

His loving family spend much of the day carrying Tommy which creates challenges for them and makes it difficult to get their everyday jobs and chores completed, not to mention the physical toll this takes.

Soon Tommy will have outgrown his stroller and although he has been successfully trialled, the cost is more than his family can manage.

JMF together with Craig Percival and his #8in8in8 challenge, in which he is completing 8 Ironman distance triathlon across 8 states in 8 consecutive days whilst raising money for children in wheelchairs, are granting Tommy a Zippie Iris Manual wheelchair.

This $8945 grant will enable Tommy access to the community, the support he needs to sit comfortably upright, inclusion and engagement in his every day life.

Two year old Tommy is about to receive a life changing grant ... His very first wheelchair that will not only change his life but that of his loving families.

Two year old Tommy is about to receive a life changing grant … His very first wheelchair that will not only change his life but that of his loving families.

Support Craig Percival by donating to #8in8in8. Read his story and be inspired by the challenge he has set himself to help us change the lives of children like Tommy across Australia.

An update to celebrate International Wheelchair Day!

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An update to celebrate International Wheelchair Day!

What better way to celebrate today than to share a special update from Talitha who was a grant recipient from our JMF Kids 4 Kids 2015 presentation.

She melted all our hearts with her adorable smile and cheeky personality.

We love getting updates from our families so we can see and share with you the amazing changes that our grants have on the lives of the children we help.

We were so excited to receive this update from Talitha’s mum.

Talitha is loving school! 

Thank you so much for your generous funding of supporting Talitha starting school and giving her an opportunity to playing independently. 

The drum set was a huge hit! Thank you so much! It came just in time for Christmas.

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Talitha playing the drums on her Band Jam musical unit which was part of the Grant she received.

JMF Kids 4 Kids 2015

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]JMF Kids 4 Kids 2015 set a new record

With over 75 participants this year raising almost $25,000 across Australia the program is only going to be bigger and better in 2016.

We are looking forward to working with our partners Hyundai Help for Kids, Boost FoundationJune Canavan Foundation and Triathlon Australia again who generously donated in excess of $45,000 towards JMF Kids 4 Kids.

A BIG JMF thanks goes to the Armadale Allstars from Armadale Primary School in Melbourne and the team from St Paul’s Grammar who collectively raised in excess of $12,000.

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