A Central Highlands football and netball club is fighting one of Australia's most debilitating diseases, hosting a fundraising campaign this Saturday.
The Clunes Club announced this Saturday will be Motor Neurone Disease (MND) round, with a day full of fundraising activities including jersey auctions and a big freeze slide.
To commemorate the occasion the club will be playing in specially designed one-off football and netball jerseys that will later be auctioned off with all donations going towards MND Australia
Sisters and fellow Clunes netballers Jaqui Featherston and Christine Hill said they were expecting a "great turnout" for a cause that plays close to both players hearts.
" MND is pretty close to us, " Ms Hill said.
"Our Dad just passed away from MND recently, so we've marched and being heavily involved with the football club, we decided to do a MND round."
Senior Magpies footballer Lachy Wrigley said it was great to represent such a worthwhile cause and fantastic the club has been so proactive in supporting numerous causes over the years.
"It's been really good; we've done a few rounds now like indigenous round and pink ribbon, " said Mr Wringley.
The big freeze slide is scheduled for the conclusion of the men's football game, which Ms Hill anticipated would be a big hit with the public considering the wintry conditions the community has experienced this past week.
" We're going to lead the way," Ms Hill said.
" We'll have about 15 different people going down the slide and into the icy water; people from the club, our sponsors, oh and the president will be going down too."
The Magpies opponents for the occasion, the Gordon Football and Netball Club, have also jumped on board by nominating several players to take part in the icy festivities.
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Motor Neurone Disease is a neurodegenerative disease that rapidly weakens muscles, impacting the nerve cells that control the muscles which allow you to move, speak and breathe.
According to MND Australia, at least two Australians are diagnosed with the disease each day, while at least two Australians die every day from MND.
More than 2,000 Australians suffer from this devastating disease with men (60 percent) and women (40 percent) almost equally affected.
The day begins with women's netball from 12.30 pm, men's senior football from 2.30 pm and the big freeze slide from around 4.30 pm with presentations and a club dinner then to follow.
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