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MK to host UK Public Premier of the Joost van der Westhuizen Story

Date Posted:07/10/2015

Joost van der WesthuizenSpringbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen will be visiting Milton Keynes during Rugby World Cup 2015 to premier a movie chronicling his battle with Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

Local care company, PJ Care and MK Dons Sport and Education Trust (SET) will be hosting the premier at The Odeon, stadiummk on Tuesday 20th October. Joost will be guest of honour at the premier and will conduct a Q&A session along with movie director Odette Schwegler at the end of the screening.

Joost is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest scrum-halves. Joost became a national hero in South Africa when he played a key role in the Springboks' Rugby World Cup 1995 triumph on their home turf, fearlessly tackling All Black giant Jonah Lomu bringing him to a standstill time after time.

The rugby world reeled in shock in April 2011 when the news broke that Joost had been diagnosed with ALS, the most progressive form of MND. The disease attacks the central nervous system, causing progressive disability. There is no known cure. The prognosis is death. Film director Odette said: “The film is a compelling tale of redemption set against the backdrop of rugby glory, ‘Glory Game’ is the story of a modern day warrior forced to face his own human frailty. He shows us that beyond ambition, success and fame lies the true wealth of family and friends, and that within a ravaged body can surge the spirit of a survivor.”

PJ Care Chief Executive, Johann van Zyl added: “I have known Joost and his family for many years and he is a true inspiration, international sport icon and father. Since being diagnosed with MND he has worked tirelessly to promote awareness of MND in Africa and across the globe through his J9 Foundation, facilitating research and treatment facilities for people in Africa through the local medical training universities. PJ Care is proud to host this event and all the profits will go to support Joost and pay for his care.”

John Cove, MK Dons SET chief executive, said: “PJ Care is a proud sponsor of MK Dons SET and we are delighted to support them in the delivery of this incredibly powerful film about Joost and his remarkable career and heartbreaking diagnosis. Rugby World Cup 2015 at stadiummk has capture the imagination of the city and the world, hopefully people will be inspired by what they have seen on the pitch and inspired by the story of Joost. I hope the film raises important funds for Joost’s care.”

Tuesday 20th October 7pm at the Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
The film is rated 12a
VIP tickets (including pre-screening reception with Joost and post screening Q&A) £100
Standard tickets (including post screening Q&A) £50
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