Brother, you’re our inspiration
Daniher siblings tell of Neale’s drive to find MND cure
NEALE Daniher’s brothers and sisters have paid tribute to their inspirational sibling as he fights for a cure to the deadly disease that he admits may take him first.
Brothers Terry, Anthony and Chris and six of his seven sisters have joined him on a tour of Victoria and South Australia to support his quest to Fight MND — motor neurone disease.
Despite the challenges of seeing their brother face the fight of his life, Daniher’s siblings said fun, happiness and hope were driving them.
Eldest brother Terry said joining this week’s Daniher Drive through country Victoria and South Australia to raise awareness of MND had brought the family even closer.
“We’re all inspired by what he’s done and he doesn’t miss a beat, he is always asking for more and ‘enough’ is not good enough,” he said.
“But he is serious about it and he is hellbent that, as long as he can breathe, he wants to keep chipping away at it.
“And by jeeze, it will be one hell of a celebration when we do eventually find the cure — and hopefully that’s in the near future.”
Recreating an iconic photo taken when the four brothers played together for Essendon in 1990, Daniher’s brothers gave their insight into a selfless man many say should be Australian of The Year.
Chris said Neale wanted people to enjoy life.
“It’s always been a big focus of Neale that he doesn’t want to be dreary, and as a family with get-togethers we always have a lot of fun and this is no different,’’ he said.
It comes after the four-day convoy raised more than $2.2 million in the first 24 hours, taking its four-year total to more than $7 million.
Just 5 per cent of that has gone on administration costs.
The convoy last night rolled into Mt Gambier and will return to Victoria to finish tomorrow in Geelong, where the total fundraising tally will be revealed.
Anthony said Neale had “natural leadership and a love of fun”. “That is what people love. All his life he has loved fun … even through his journey with MND, music and fun and laughter has been really important which helps him get through,” he said.
“He wants to be surrounded by people who are positive.
“You just admire him, he’s just selfless and we are all behind him. His sell is hope and that is what people want.”
Anthony said the decision to take the battle to the regions was a masterstroke.
“MND doesn’t just live in the cities,’’ he said.
“It lives all around Australia and so many people are touched by it, and so by coming out here — hitting the road is sharing the love.’’
Sister Dorothy Vearing said Fight MND had become “a major part of our family”.
“Neale has made it his cause to find a cure and make people aware of it, and we have become very much part of that,” she said.
“He is exhausted but he keeps going, he’s got a purpose and he’s driven to find a cure for this beastly disease, and hopefully with all of this we will find that cure.”
Neale Daniher’s high school footy coach Ray Carroll revealed that in three weeks the former Essendon captain would be inducted into the ranks of the Assumption College Cricketers of the Century,
“He was a great cricketer and as a good bat as (David) Warner and some of those blokes,’’ he said. “He is the sort of guy who should be made Australian of the Year. A remarkable effort by a remarkable guy.’’
Alan Lister, who drove a harness racing starting gate truck from Mildura to be part of the Daniher Drive, said Daniher was beyond inspirational. “He could have just sat back and felt sorry for himself and lived the rest of his life in the doldrums,’’ he said. “But look what he has done. I met him this morning and he is a wonderful bloke.’’
Anthony, Terry, Neale and Chris Daniher this week on Daniher’s Drive (top), all for one in 1990 as Bombers players (above); and their sisters this week, Dorothy, Nerolee, Estelle, Colleen and Julie (left) .