For the seventh year in a row, this Monday, twelve more Superstars will compete in the Fight MND Big Freeze segment to help raise funds as part of Fight MND’s mission to find effective cures and an ultimate cure for… Motor neurone disease (MND).
Due to the current pandemic and government restrictions, things will be a little different this time with the event happening at an empty MCG (2pm AEST).
This will be before the traditional big Queen’s Birthday feud between Melbourne and Collingwood which will now be in SCG due to a forced change of location.
However, it will be broadcast live on Seven Network, with additional coverage on Fox Footy in addition to its live broadcast on Kayo.
This year’s participants are:
- Gilon MacLachlan (CEO of the Australian Football League)
- Jeff Farms “The Wizard” (former Melbourne and Fremantle star)
- Daisy Pierce (AFLW code)
- ‘Razor’ Ray Chamberlain (AFL Uumpire Legend)
- Abby Holmes (former AFLW Crows player and commentator for Channel Seven)
- Shane Crawford (The Great Hawthorn and Brownlow Medal)
- Sarah Jones (Fox Footy commentator)
- Sharney Norder (former AFLW Magpie and Australian netball player)
- Craig Bellamy (Melbourne Storm coach)
- Billy Brownless (former Geelong player)
- Russell Hocroft (media personality and advertising educator)
AFL legend Neil Daneher, who was himself diagnosed with the horrific disease in 2013, is the co-founder of FightMND which continues to grow from strength to strength with ‘The Big Freeze’ a standout feature on the AFL calendar.
MND gradually eliminates the patient’s use of his arms and legs, his ability to eat and swallow, his speech, and eventually his ability to breathe. The average life expectancy for the time frame from diagnosis is only 27 months.
Neale, a former Essendon player and Melbourne coach, has now lived with him for nearly eight years and continues to dedicate his time to educating Australians on the subject as well as his charity to help raise more than $45 million for research initiatives.
His courage, strength and selfless attitude along with his genuine determination to try to live to the fullest, despite his illness, make him a true inspiration not only in the football world but also among the Australian general public.
In 2016, Received the award “Member of the Order of Australia” For all his work and earlier this year, Walkway was renamed MCG in his honor With the path from the William Barrack Bridge in Melbourne to the “G” now known as Daneherr Road.
For ‘Big Freeze 7’, FightMND has set itself an ambitious goal of trying to raise $2 million in a half-time period. Everyone can help the cause by purchasing one of the popular $20 pennies, which are available from Coles, Coles Express, Bunnings, or through fightmnd.org.au.
This year’s product contains the phrase ‘Play On’, a reference to Neale’s response to his diagnosis, and is taken from the last words at the bottom of the letter he wrote when sharing the news with his family.
While they will be useful in keeping your head warm during the winter, they symbolize so much more with each person being sold to make a real difference and a valuable contribution.
You can learn more about the FightMND campaign by visiting their website: fightmnd.org.au