Mark Boyer is just one of many people who have hit the road to help raise money for Daniher’s Drive, but for him it is cause close to his heart.
The Nagambie real estate agent knew little of motor neurone disease, or MND, a deadly neurodegenerative disease.
‘‘(Recently) I found out a good mate of mine has the disease,’’ Mr Boyer said.
‘‘Since then it has become a lifelong thing that I will support and help make people aware of.’’
The drive pulled in to Nagambie yesterday for the first stop of its annual regional tour.
Hundreds of supporters came to the centre of town and helped raise money for research into MND.
‘‘Our car has raised over $12000. Let’s hope we can find a cure because that is what this is all about,’’ Mr Boyer said.
The drive is the brainchild of AFL great Neale Daniher, who has devoted his life to finding a cure for MND since he was diagnosed with the disease in 2013. Since he went public with his diagnosis in 2014 he has raised millions through the Big Freeze at the ’G and Daniher’s Drive.
‘‘We want to keep spreading the message that we have got a lot of work to do,’’ Mr Daniher said.
He is on track to meet his goal of $2million through the drive, as he takes the rally across the regions.
‘‘I am overwhelmed with the support we get,’’ he said.
‘‘It really is the mums and dads and grandmas and grandpas across the country that are really the backbone of FightMND.’’
The town came out in big numbers for the Nagambie stopover, with a party atmosphere filling the town centre as AFL greats came in.
About 100 cars stopped in as part of the rally and were greeted with live music and a barbecue in the street.
‘‘It has been outstanding,’’ Mr Daniher said.
The tour headed to Wangaratta after it left Nagambie on its way to Wagga Wagga, NSW.
To donate to the cause, go to curemnd.org.au