Daniher ready to rock Ballarat

EXCITED: AFL legend Neale Daniher will lead a 100-car convoy into Ballarat in a rock 'n' roll party for MND awareness. Picture: Lachlan Bence
EXCITED: AFL legend Neale Daniher will lead a 100-car convoy into Ballarat in a rock 'n' roll party for MND awareness. Picture: Lachlan Bence

THERE is a chance Neale Daniher will channel British rocker Rod Stewart for a huge party in Ballarat. He just needs to find the right wig to complete the look.

The AFL great is ready to rock this city.

Daniher’s Drive, a car rally to fight motor-neuron disease, will finish a four-day journey in Ballarat in a fortnight’s time with a huge fun themed night. 

He maintained that Ballarat was the “biggest party town in Victoria” – and could hardly wait to arrive here.

“Daniher’s Drive is the big country and rural event – Big Freeze at the ‘G is the city event – to take the fight for MND awareness to the country,” Daniher said.

“Cars have been fundraising for the last nine months...the drive is a celebration for all the hard work and fun we’ve had together. And we have plans to have fun in Ballarat.”

MND is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells controlling muscles that enable us to move, speak, swallow and breathe fail to work normally.

There is no cure or treatment for the degenerative disease that Daniher has experienced for more than three years.

At least two Australians are diagnosed with MND daily and every day at least two Australians die of MND. 

The former Essendon footballer and Melbourne coach is on a mission to find a cure and to generate support for people living with MND across the nation.

Daniher’s Drive, will this year set out from Essendon for Wagga Wagga and a sportsperson night, before a comedy gala in Echuca and a final rock ‘n’ roll party at the Mercure Ballarat on October 14.

The convoy of more than 100 cars will make its way to Ballarat via Charlton, Donald and St Arnaud for community events and a chance to say hello.

Daniher said the convoy will feature plenty of Melbourne and Essendon football stars, helping to raise money for a cure and care.

Tickets are still available for Daniher’s Drive rock ‘n’ roll night.

People can also support the cause in an online raffle at https://curemnd.org.au/danihersdrive.