Daniher’s Drive revs as much as battle MND

FightMND’s fashionable Daniher’s Drive fundraiser is again on the street for the primary time since 2019. Right here’s become involved.

Daniher’s Drive is ready to hit the street once more after two years of digital occasions as a result of pandemic.

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The regional roadtrip – named after legendary AFL participant Neale Daniher – is a part of FightMND‘s mission to battle motor neurone illness, which claims the lives of two Australians a day. 

FightMND has raised hundreds of thousands to battle “Beast” since 2014, with Daniher’s Drive being considered one of its key occasions to lift funds and consciousness.

In Daniher Drive’s seventh yr, an 80-car convoy will take greater than 300 members on an 895km journey that begins on the MCG in Melbourne on October 13 and stretches throughout jap Victoria earlier than returning to Melbourne on October 16.

Greater than 40 groups of drivers are set to take part, with many returning for his or her fifth or sixth time. 

“The individuals who participate in Daniher’s Drive are like one large household and I can’t thank them sufficient for persevering with to dig deep and play on within the battle to discover a remedy for this Beast of a illness,” Neale, pictured above with fellow Melbourne Demons nice David Neitz, says.

A gala public sale, comedy evening and Halloween costume get together are additionally a part of this yr’s itinerary. 

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“Whereas MND is a brutal illness, we nonetheless want to seek out time to come back collectively and have some enjoyable – which is what Daniher’s Drive is all about,” Neale, pictured under with daughter Bec Daniher, says. 

“This occasion has been greater than two years within the making so I’ve little question it’s going to be a celebration to recollect.”

Chemist Warehouse set to spice up donations

Chemist Warehouse, a associate of FightMND since 2017, is once more backing Daniher’s Drive with a nationwide in-store fundraiser.

From October 13 to November 30, clients can donate to Daniher’s Drive at greater than 475 Chemist Warehouse shops throughout Australia

Final yr’s in-store donation drive helped increase greater than $386,000.

FightMND chief govt Dr Fiona McIntosh says the help has been invaluable. 

“As a serious associate of Daniher’s Drive, we’re so proud and grateful to have the continued help of Chemist Warehouse, their clients and workforce within the battle towards MND,” Dr McIntosh says.

“This yr our Drive groups have already raised greater than $1 million for FightMND and it’s solely set to develop because of Chemist Warehouse’s in-store donations marketing campaign, which wraps up on the finish of November.”

All cash raised will go in direction of analysis, scientific trials and to assist enhance the lives of Australians dwelling with MND.

FightMND has thus far invested in 12 scientific trials and 22 drug improvement tasks, with the cash collected throughout this yr’s Daniher’s Drive set to fund a new care technique that can goal accessibility to in-house tools and help. 

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“Each greenback raised takes us one other step nearer to discovering efficient remedies and a remedy for this horrible illness,” Dr McIntosh says.  

Written by Tia Harmer.