Driven to freeze the disease

The sole local team in Daniher’s Drive through Gippsland is hoping to boost the awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and greater Gippsland.

The team of four, including Traralgon’s Stewart Henley and Darryl Nolan, Leongatha’s Brett Moore and Warragul’s Russell Kinn – known as Gippsland Masters Cricket – will join AFL identity Neale Daniher and 70 cars for a tour of the region in October to raise money for the Cure for MND Foundation.

MND is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells controlling the muscles enabling movement, speech and breathing degenerate and die.

The four-day road trip will take participants from Lakes Entrance to Sale as they fundraise to “freeze” the disease. Passionate about the cause and looking forward to meeting their footy idol, the Gippsland group also has another agenda.

“Let’s highlight Gippsland and the good people here… let’s show Neale what we can do,” Stewart said.

“We want to see these people come back, come back after the drive and visit and support our region.”

The team has raised more than $7000 in a little over a month of fundraising through friends and local businesses.

They were also donated a 2016 Holden Colorado by Colin Watson Motors.

“The response from the Gippsland community has been unbelievable, they are so supportive,” Stewart said.

The group’s fundraising target is $12,000 but “every little bit, every dollar helps”.

“It’s just a really good cause,” Stewart said.

“We’ll be fundraising ’til the end of the drive and want to raise as much as we can.”

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