Today I’m going to be talking about the charity Joining Jack, a charity that is very close to the heart of everybody at ADM. The directors and staff all contribute to help raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The charity was created in May 2012 and has grown rapidly over the past 3 years. With the help of ADM, Joining Jack has created its own range of personalised clothing ranging from T-shirts, polo shirts, and hoodies. Other merchandise such as phone cases and wristbands have also been designed and sold via the online shop hosted by ADM.
The Joining Jack logo was designed by Stuart Green of BD2 studios who also created the internationally recognisable #jjsalute. Bradley Wiggins famously did the #jjsalute on the winners podium as he was confirmed Tour De France champion in 2013. Many other sports stars and celebrities have shown their support to the charity Joining Jack. Pictured left you’ll see World Cup Rugby Union Winner Jonny Wilkinson, soon to return Wigan Warriors Rugby league player Sam Tomkins and even Ant & Dec!
Celebrities show their support with the hand gestured JJ logo!
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a devastating and currently incurable muscle-wasting disease with approximately one in every 3,500 boys worldwide afflicted with DMD with 20,000 new cases reported each year in the developed world.
Jack was diagnosed with DMD in October 2011 at the very young age of 4 years old. Now he is a fun-loving 7 year old boy who loves to play with his younger brother James, in fact just the other day they were both here in the office playing with their toy bow and arrows shooting them everywhere!
What makes Joining Jack so special is the fact that it’s run by Jack’s Parents, Andy and his wife Alex. Andy is an ex-professional rugby player that started at the age of 17 for his home rugby league club Wigan Warriors, after that he played for a variety of teams including London Broncos, Castleford and Salford. His new focus is in raising awareness and money in order to find a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and, together with his wife Alex of 8 years and a dedicated group of friends from the Rugby League community and beyond, he is doing just that.
AJ with Jack
Merchandise and Popular Events
The Joining Jack charity has been to Dubai in 2013 and 2014 in order to raise money and awareness in the fight to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and will be happening again this year in December. Merchandise can be bought from the ADM club shop that is listed with the rest of the Joining Jack merchandise. 2 other events that will be taking place this year is the JJ100 Bike Ride which is happening on 28th June 2015 and Wigan10K which will be happening on 6th September 2015. Mechandise for the Bike Ride is available to buy now but the Wigan10K merchandise isn’t yet available but will be before the event occurs.
All donations are very much appreciated and do go towards and great cause. Help raise awareness and funds by donating today. You won’t regret it!