The J9 Foundation was formed by the rugby legend, Joost van der Westhuizen in aid of those suffering from the same form of fatal illness that he was diagnosed with early 2011, Motor Neuron Disease.

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

The J9 Foundation’s core objectives are to contribute to research in Africa and raise awareness, both locally and internationally for Motor Neuron Disease with the intent 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 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 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 Motor Neuron Disease as well as their family members who are affecte

The J9 logo is a symbol of the every willingness to strive forward and never give in.  No matter how far or how high life´s challenges are.  To fight to the end, to show true courage and valour. This is Joosts 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.


We currently support 50 beneficiaries.


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