For the seventh year in a row, this Monday, twelve more stars will descend the Fight MND Big Freeze Slide to help raise funds for Fight MND’s mission to find effective cures and ultimately a cure. Motor neuron disease (MND).
Due to the current pandemic and state-imposed restrictions, things will be slightly different this time around, with the event taking place in an empty MCG (2 p.m. AEST).
This will be before the big traditional Queen’s Birthday clash between Melbourne and Collingwood which, due to a forced change of venue, will now be at SCG.
However, it will be streamed live on Seven Network, with additional coverage on Fox Footy and also streamed live on Kayo.
This year’s participants are:
- Gillon McLachlan (General Manager of the Australian Football League)
- Jeff ‘The Wizard’ Farmer (former Melbourne and Fremantle star)
- Daisy Pearce (AFLW icon)
- ‘Razor’ Ray Chamberlain (AFL referee legend)
- Abbey Holmes (former AFLW Crows player and Channel Seven commentator)
- Shane Crawford (Hawthorn great and Brownlow medalist)
- Sarah Jones (Fox Footy commentator)
- Sharni Norder (former AFLW Magpie and Australian player)
- Craig Bellamy (Melbourne Storm coach)
- Billy Brownless (former Geelong player)
- Russell Howcroft (Media Personality and Advertising Guru)
AFL legend Neale Daniher, himself diagnosed with this terrible disease in 2013, is the co-founder of FightMND which continues to grow more and more with “The Big Freeze”, one of the most notable features of the AFL calendar.
MND gradually takes away from the patient the use of his arms and legs, his ability to eat and swallow, his speech and ultimately his ability to breathe. The average life expectancy from diagnosis is only 27 months.
Neale, a former Essendon player and Melbourne coach, has so far lived with her for almost eight years and continues to devote her time to educating Australians about it as well as her charity helping to raise more $ 45 million for research initiatives.
His courage, strength and altruistic attitude as well as a real determination to try to live fully, despite his illness, make him a real source of inspiration not only for the football world, but also for the general Australian public.
In 2016, he received the award “Member of the Order of Australia” for all her hard work and earlier this year, a gateway to the MCG has been renamed in his honor with Melbourne’s William Barak Bridge path at the “G” now known as Daniher’s Way.
For ‘Big Freeze 7’, FightMND has set itself the ambitious goal of trying to raise $ 2 million at halftime. Anyone can help the cause by purchasing one of the ever popular beanies, priced at $ 20, which are available from Coles, Coles Express, Bunnings or via the Fightmnd.org.au website.
This year’s product features the words “Play On” which refer to Neale’s response to his diagnosis and are taken from the last words at the bottom of the post he wrote when communicating the news with his family.
While they will come in handy for keeping your head warm during the winter, it symbolizes so much more with everyone being sold making a real difference and a valuable contribution.
You can find out more about the FightMND campaign by visiting their website: combatmnd.org.au
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