Dani­her thanks Stawell district

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Stawell Carols -

Neale Dani­her and the Fightmnd charity have thanked Stawell district res­i­dents who helped to raise more than $2000 to com­bat mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease.

Dani­her, a prom­i­nent for­mer VFLAFL foot­baller who was di­ag­nosed with mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease in 2014, helped found Fightmnd to raise aware­ness and funds to search for a cure.

The charity be­gan a ‘Dani­her’s Drive’ initiative – a road trip through coun­try com­mu­ni­ties to raise money – four years ago.

This year the drive stopped in Stawell, where busi­ness own­ers do­nated goods and ser­vices to aid fundrais­ing ef­forts.

The Stawell leg fea­tured ac­tiv­i­ties such as a Stawell ‘egg and spoon’ gift and drew large crowds. The Stawell com­mu­nity raised $2378.75.

Over­all, the drive raised $2.6-mil­lion, smash­ing its tar­get of $1.5-mil­lion.

The con­voy fea­tured nearly 20 EXAFL foot­ballers, in­clud­ing Dani­her.

North­ern Grampians Shire mayor Kevin Er­win said the Stawell com­mu­nity had done it­self proud with its fundrais­ing ef­forts.

“It was great to meet Neale and his three broth­ers on the day as they con­tin­ued their jour­ney across the state,” he said.

“I’d like to con­grat­u­late the Stawell com­mu­nity for com­ing out in sup­port and rais­ing the amount of money they did for this ter­ri­ble dis­ease.”

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