John is passionate about helping others, either coached athletes, or people who for whatever reason need might need our help. 

In 2016-2017, John helped raise more than $10,000 for Cure for MND and TLC for Kids.

Cure for mnd foundation

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, swallow and breathe fail to work normally and eventually die. With no nerves to activate them the muscles gradually weaken and waste.

With no residual muscles or strength, MND patients are left motionless, mute, and trapped within their once active bodies. In the majority, the mind and intellect are left intact, with the sufferer bearing witness to it all.

The patterns of weakness and rate of progression vary from person to person, and while some people can live a long time with MND, the average life expectancy is just 27 months from diagnosis. Cure for MND Foundation are passionate about funding the best and brightest  MND research within Australia – to discover treatments and ultimately, a cure.


Rushing a sick child to hospital and enduring long-stay admissions can be a stressful, world-shattering event. TLC for Kids is a children’s charity dedicated to providing practical and emotional support to sick kids and their families in these challenging times. No matter the child’s condition, TLC for Kids will do whatever they can to assist them through their trauma, during their hospital stay and beyond.

TLC for Kids identifies strongly with John van Wisse’s commitment to going the distance, doing the tough yards to achieve something good. It is fitting that John’s personal endurance challenge will be able to help kids and families facing their own challenges.

His fundraising will help TLC for Kids to support the children neglected by other services. This includes sufferers of accidents and burns, rare illnesses, abuse, mental health issues, and long-term conditions, as well as those facing painful or traumatic procedures. Thank you to everybody supporting to cause.