Former AFL player and coach Neale Daniher spoke at the MCG on Thursday, rallying the struggling Melbourne Football Club and on Friday night declared his plan to eradicate Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Addressing Demons players and staff, Daniher said that whilst there’s currently “no treatment” he believes “we’ll get there”.
Daniher, a member of the fabled Daniher dynasty, encouraged the battling players, fresh off the heels of 3 consecutive losses including a 105 point thumping at the hands of Hawthorn, to “not lay down”.
The developing young Melbourne side, a team Daniher coached for a decade, were implored by Daniher to “live with hope” and to “have a strong vision of where they’re going”.
The message evidently inspired the Demons, as they pulled off a surprise 39 point upset over the emerging Bulldogs yesterday.
Following Daniher’s appearance at MFC headquarters, Daniher spoke in the half time interval of the Friday night clash between Geelong and Carlton, revealing his campaign to “freeze” MND.
“Right now there’s no cure, but that doesn’t mean in time we won’t find a cure”, Daniher said.
Daniher described the MND Foundation as “only small” and “woefully” underfunded. Daniher labelled MND a “beast” and said it would taken “an army of people” to conquer it.
Daniher announced that at the traditional Queen’s Birthday clash between Melbourne and Collingwood, the MCG will host a fundraiser titled “Freeze MND”.
The event will see several prominent football personalities slide into a bath filled with 2 tons of ice in an effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against MND.
Former Essendon champion and Daniher’s close friend Tim Watson has promised to brave the icy waters once the fundraising reaches $10,000, labelling Daniher “inspirational” and imploring people to “give generously to this great charity”.
To donate SMS “freeze” to 0400 064 064 or visit freezemnd.com and use the hashtag #freezeMND to discuss the battle against the disease.