Supporting Joost’s legacy

Kit Sportswear are official suppliers to the J9 Foundation.

We have Supporter jerseys available to buy online. Click the J9 logo below to visit our shop.

Background

The J9 Foundation was created by South African rugby legend and World Cup winner Joost van der Westhuizen to help others also suffering from Motor Neuron Disease. After his diagnosis in 2011 Joost has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of MND and to keep positive in his ‘second life’.

What does the J9 Foundation do?

  • To educate the general public about Motor Neuron Disease and its devastating effects on both the patient and their families.
  • To educate and raise awareness amongst 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 host unique and different fundraising events with the intent to, firstly, raise funds for the foundation and secondly, to be of such a newsworthy nature that it triggers Media attention (TV/Print) and ultimately contributes to raising awareness through various marketing channels.

Who is Joost van der Westhuizen?

If you’re a rugby fan, South African or both then you’ll probably be familiar with Joost.

Joost van der Westhuizen was a former South African rugby union footballer who was the Springboks’ first choice scrum-half in the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s.

He was capped 89 times for the Springboks and scored 38 tries. He retired as the most capped Springbok of all time His career test try tally of 38 makes him the scrum-half with the most tries in Test Rugby. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest half-backs of all time, as evidenced by his presence in the 2007 induction class of the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

So what is MND?

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.

Further information can be found by visiting the MNDA website.

Support the work of the J9 Foundation and help fund the work of the MNDA, keep an eye out for merchandise and events.