Ways to Help

You can help us continue our work and join our mission to support the thousands of New Zealanders with neuromuscular conditions and their families/whānau to have freedom of choice in a responsive society.

The difference our donors make

As a registered charity, we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations from the general public, trusts and other businesses/organisations. That’s why every dollar our donors give makes a difference – and helps us so we can continue to provide support, services, equipment and advocacy for members.

Donor support makes our vision possible…which is to provide life changing impact to people living with neuromuscular conditions so that they may enjoy freedom beyond limits.

Where your funds go

“Just like to say that the fieldworker visits really help me as there is so many things out there that I don’t know. By talking to a professional I’ve now got good ideas for support in terms of equipment and support worker support” MDA member.

2022 snapshot

3 research projects were funded to the value of $62,250. Research is of vital importance since most neuromuscular conditions are incurable.

8,259 In Touch magazines sent to our members, GP’s, specialist and supporters – sharing member stories and latest condition and research information.

7 of our youth members took part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award giving members confidence and new skills.

2021 snapshot

68,000km was driven by our expert Fieldworkers to offer personalised support to members and attend training courses.

$3620 worth of counselling sessions was funded, helping 31 individual members get the emotional support they need.

30+ members received $13,407 worth of funding for non-government supported items through the Bradley Jenkin Memorial Fund.

More about Muscular Dystrophy Association

Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand (MDANZ) is member-led organisation that supports disabled New Zealanders and their whānau affected by over 70 neuromuscular conditions.

With over 2,000 members nationwide, these conditions (with onset usually in childhood) primarily result in muscle wasting and both significant and complex care needs. Living with the progressive decline in strength is a constant challenge for our members and their loved ones in terms of mobility, social inclusion, feeding and communicating.

MDA works alongside our members through its nationwide fieldwork service to personally empower and provide resources that positively impact their lives. MDA also campaigns to improve public awareness of rare neuromuscular conditions and work with clinicians and researchers to improve pathways to diagnosis and care standards for our members.

Spread the word. Tell people we are here. Encourage people with neuromuscular conditions to join, so they can take advantage of our services and support.

Speak up. Join public consultation processes and improve government funded services for disabled people. Support inclusive policies that encourage equal opportunities for all New Zealanders.

Volunteer. Help out your local branch, the National Office, or during the national appeal. Click here to find out more.

Fundraise. Every cent you fundraise, helps us in very practical ways. Give a Little, Everyday Hero or other online fundraising platforms are popular, but there are other ways too. Support us and raise awareness at the same time!

Sponsor. Partner with us by donating professional services, supplying goods or providing funding for a one off event or item! Click here to view our other partners.

Donate. Any donation, big or small makes a difference. Donations of $5 or more are tax deductible. Click here to donate now.

Regular Giving. You can choose to donate to us on a regular basis, either by direct debit or internet banking. Click here to find out how.

Bequest. You can create a lasting difference through making a bequest. Click here to find out more about how to include MDA in your will.

Thank you for making a difference.

We couldn’t do what we do without your support!