The History of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation
Muscular Dystrophy is a hereditary condition marked by
progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles
Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa (MDFSA) is a registered non-profit organization.
In 1974, Mr. and
Mrs. Newton Walker of Potchefstroom founded “The Muscular Dystrophy Research
Foundation (MDRF) of South Africa”.
Dystrophy affected their son, Michael. Mr. and Mrs. Walker formed the
Foundation together with Mr. Wally Gough, chairman of the Rotary Club of
Potchefstroom, and representatives of the then Cripple Care Association.
They felt there
was a need to reach out to other parents and families in a similar situation
and to support research into MD with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. Mr.
Harry Newton Walker was a well-known resident of Potchefstroom and a former
Springbok rugby player. He passed away on 6 August 2008.
In 1998, the
Foundation was renamed “The Muscular Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) of South
Africa”. The focus had shifted away from supporting research on a branch level
to focusing on improving the quality of life for those living with Muscular Dystrophy.
Since 1974, the
Muscular Dystrophy Foundation has always endeavored to help all people affected
The Gauteng branch is located in Florida Park in Gauteng.
The purpose of MDF Gauteng is on improving the quality of life for
those living with Muscular Dystrophy by means of counselling, group &
emotional support, valuable information as well as referrals to genetic
counseling and other clinics as well as assistance with specialized disability
equipment if the funding is available.
The geographical area covered by the Gauteng branch is Gauteng,
Limpopo, North-West, Mpumalanga and the Free State.
To make a donation in support of the Muscular
Dystrophy Foundation, please see the below banking details:
Banking Institution: NEDBANK
Bank account number: 1958 323 284
Branch name: Flora Centre, Florida
Branch code: 192841
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