MJD Foundation

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In late 2011 and early 2012 on Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, new housing was allocated to those in need under the Federal Government Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP

People and families living with Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) were identified as being in need, and the MJD Foundation worked with the SIHIP team to advocate for those needs. When those people were allocated new houses, they asked the MJD Foundation for help in building new gardens.

The MJD Foundation, supported by BHP Billiton, Bunnings Warehouse Darwin, Toll Marine Logistics and Territory Alliance, sent a team into our clients' new homes to perform a garden makeover including wheelchair accessible raised garden beds.

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The MJD Foundation's Manager of Community Services, Simone McGrath said "Activities like gardening are part of the MJD Foundation's Staying Stronger for Longer therapy program on Groote. It was a little crazy to take on the project in 37oC and 100% humidity, but everyone had a ball."

"To have so much support for this project has been great. Every organisation we asked was really enthusiastic about contributing. BHP Billiton (GEMCO) was our main financial donor. In-kind sponsorship came from Bunnings who donated tools; Toll Marine Logistics sent everything over on the barge and Territory Alliance provided dirt and a bobcat." said MJD Foundation's Executive Officer, Ms Nadia Lindop.

Joyce and Kevin

Joyce Lalara, MJD Foundation Aboriginal Community Worker said "It is so good that we can help with these gardens. We can look after our families who are sick with MJD and they can enjoy a garden in their new house. We're gonna have big new Mango trees, and Paw Paws and Bananas".



Sponsored by Bunnings Darwin, Territory Alliance, Toll Marine Logistics and BHP Billiton

Territory Alliance

Toll Marine Logistics

BHP Billiton




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