AFL great Neale Daniher will travel through Nagambie next week as part of his quest to cure motor neurone disease.
Daniher’s Drive will trek through the town with close to 100 cars joining Mr Daniher to raise much needed funds for MND research.
He has been a tireless campaigner for MND after he was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 2013.
‘‘I can’t ask other people to get involved if I’m not involved,’’ Neale said.
‘‘We just never knew whether it would resonate.’’
He went public with his diagnosis in 2014 and has spoken openly about the illness that is slowly killing him.
‘‘When I was diagnosed there was no treatment, no cure, no hope,’’ he said.
In 2015, the first ‘‘Big Freeze at the G’’ was organised at the MCG at the Queen’s birthday clash between Melbourne, the club he coached to the 2000 grand final, and Collingwood.
The event captured the attention of the nation as celebrities and sporting icons were pushed down the slide into a pool of ice.
It has become an annual event and this year’s Big Freeze raised more than $4million for research to help fight and find a cure for MND.
‘‘It is a terrible disease, but my message to people is that does not mean you cannot have fun,’’ he said.
Daniher’s Drive is the second fundraising initiative and, while it might not get as many headlines as the Big Freeze, it was special to him.
‘‘We Danihers are country people, so it allows us to spread the message to the country,’’ he said.
He will hit the road with his family with this year’s rally on track to raise $2million.
This year’s drive ambassadors include former AFL players Barry Mitchell, Guy Rigoni, Andrew Leoncelli and Brett Lovell.
To meet the clan and help raise finds to fight MND go to Nagambie Lake on Thursday, October 12, from 10am to 11am.
A comedy night is on in Echuca on Friday, October 13, featuring Dave Hughes and Adam Rozenbachsl.
For details, go to curemnd.org.au/danihersdrive