Lorna drives girls to help

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A CON­VOY of sup­port is gath­er­ing as AFL leg­end Neale Dani­her’s lat­est MND re­search fund-rais­ing event heads to­wards Gee­long.

More than 400 peo­ple in 150 cars on a tour of re­gional Vic­to­ria have raised $2.2 mil­lion as sup­port in­ten­si­fies to find a cure for the de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion.

Lorna’s Girls team mem­ber Amelia Hart­nett, from Rip­ple­side, said the group had raised more than $20,000 this year for Fight MND.

“Each year Neale’s com­mit­ment is stronger and it is all worth it to see how pas­sion­ate he is, he is in­spir­ing,” Ms Hart­nett said.

The team — of Naomi Beasley, whose mother, Lorna, passed away from MND, and life­long friends Narelle Craw­ford, Lisa Leeds and Ms Hart­nett — was formed three years af­ter Lorna passed away from MND in 2002.

“When Lorna was di­ag­nosed there wasn’t much known about MND, so it’s great we can spread the word about the cruel disease, and hope­fully con­trib­ute to­wards find­ing a cure,” Ms Har­nett said.

On their third Dani­her’s Drive, the team has so far raised about $70,000 for MND

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