DANIHER’S Drive is gathering pace after a 1000-kilometre fundraising trip across Victoria raised $1.25 million.
But Neale Daniher wants to raise another $250,000 in the next fortnight as he builds a “war chest” to find a cure for Motor Deurone Disease.
“It’s a killer and there’s no effective treatment or cure,” he said.
“We’re raising money to ensure the next generation with MND have an answer … It’s been overwhelming, the support, but we’ve still got room for more.”
The State Government donated $200,000 and Premier Daniel Andrews urged Victorians to chip in.
“Neale is an inspiration to all of us and I’m proud our government is supporting him and contributing to the research that will one day find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease,” he said.
Daniher said even though he was not sure “how much longer I can do this physically”, the drive would be an annual event in a bid to raise $40 million over four years.
He said the weekend’s trip included a charity cricket match with “some AFL guys who thought they were cricketers but ended up being quite ordinary”.
Former Test legend Merv Hughes opened the bowling, and while Daniher said the batsmen “couldn’t get him away”, he laughed that “his run-up has shortened somewhat”.
Daniher’s Drive visited Mt Hotham, Sale, Mansfield, Phillip Island and other parts of Victoria.
To donate: curemnd.org.au
Story Source: Herald Sun
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