Help those with motor neuron disease

2017-03-02 06:00

THE J9 Foundation was formed by rugby legend, Joost van der Westhuizen, in aid of those suffering with the same illness he was diagnosed with in 2011, motor neuron disease (MND).

Joost created a platform through this foundation to allow people, companies and friends to support the quality of life programmes available within this organisation.

The J9 Foundation’s core objectives are to contribute to research in Africa and raise awareness, both locally and internationally for MND with the aim of teaching people about the disease who will then, in turn, support efforts across the globe to find a cure or cause.

J9 foundation goals

• To educate the public about MND and its devastating effects on the patient and their family.

• To educate and raise awareness among medical practitioners and nursing staff to enable them to make earlier and correct diagnoses and provide better emotional and physical care on initial diagnoses of a patient.

• To contribute to the initiation of research into MND in South Africa (before Joost initiated research in 2015, there was none in SA) and to ultimately contribute to finding a cure or cause for MND.

• To contribute to a better quality of life for those living with MND as well as their family.

The J9 logo is a symbol of the willingness to strive and never give up, no matter how far or how high life´s challenges are, to fight to the end, to show true courage and valour. This is Joost’s legacy to South Africa and the world, to everyone who watched him carry that number and those words on his back and in his heart.

Let us all be a “J9” and carry the legacy through the support of the Joost’s J9 Foundation for Motor neuron disease sufferers. Let us carry the symbol of a true legend in our hearts and make a difference in the lives of those who need us most. -

How to donate:

Donate via EFT

Banking details:

Account holder: J9 Foundation

Bank: Nedbank

Account number 1017217173

Branch: Menlyn

Branch Code: 160545

Swift code: NEDSZAJJ

Donate via SMS

To donate R30 SMS “JOOST” to 42305.

Network and administration fees apply and will be deducted from amounts paid.

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