Daniher was diagnosed with MND _ also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame star who was the first high-profile diagnosis in the 1930s _ in 2013 and has since dedicated his life to finding a prevention, treatment and cure for the disease.
“As patron for the Cure For MND Foundation, I am devoted to the task of raising awareness about Motor Neurone Disease and funds for research within Australia, with the aim of discovering treatments that can grapple with the disease, and ultimately help find a cure,” Daniher said.
The Daniher’s Drive event is a four-day road trip around Victoria with fund-raising and fun the key elements of the event.
Kia has joined the party as a Silver supporter of the Foundation with a $40,000 donation and the supply of seven cars for the organisers and support team.
Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith, said the support for the Daniher Drive event and the MND Foundation was an easy decision to reach.
“This is a dreadful disease that can strike anyone of any age without warning,” Mr Meredith said. “Through our association with Essendon it was a simple step to extend support to an Essendon legend in Neale Daniher and to his personal fight to best this awful disease.”
The Daniher’s Drive starts in Melbourne on October 15 and finishes back in Melbourne on October 18.
For donations to the Foundation, please visit www.curemnd.org.au