Distributor Express Data has donated $25,000 to the John Maclean Foundation, which will go towards essential wheelchairs, sporting equipment, education and support for wheelchair kids.
In association with ARN, Express Data and its software licensing vendors are joint sponsors of John Maclean and the K4K (Kilometres 4 Kids) event, a major initiative of the John Maclean Foundation.
On Saturday, June 1, world champion wheelchair athlete John Maclean embarked on an epic fundraising handcycle ride from Brisbane to Melbourne, covering 2,002 kilometres. The 30-day undertaking continues to garner strong support from across the country with a number of IT companies sponsoring the event.
John said that each kilometre he covers is dedicated to an Aussie wheelchair child. The John Maclean Foundation is aligning sponsors for each of those kilometres in the hope of raising $1 million.
"Every kilometre of this ride is for young kids in wheelchairs," said Maclean. "It's about having the means to support their dreams and ultimately support them to achieve whatever they set out to do. The focus needs to start shifting from disabilities to possibilities.
"Our goal is to raise well over one million dollars to provide wheelchairs, equipment and services for Aussie kids."
According to Peter Masters, Express Data's general manager of marketing and operations, the distributor has been working with John for the last two and a half years. "We've donated laptops, engineering and PC support, and assisted him with computerised audio presentations," he said.
Masters said staff from Express Data's Brisbane office were there to see John off on his journey.
"On behalf of everyone at Express Data, we wish John all the best. We're looking forward to seeing him make it to Melbourne."
Among his many career highlights, John was the first wheelchair athlete to complete the Hawaii Ironman and swim the English Channel. In 2000 John competed in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. John was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia and the Australian Sports Medal.
You can follow John's progress on the K4K Web site, www.k4k.com.au, where you can also make donations or sponsor a kilometre for a wheelchair kid.