Once again this year East Doncaster Secondary College has been proud to make our small contribution to the fight to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease in the past week.

As mentioned in previous years, there is a close link between our College and the Daniher family now at the forefront of finding a cure for this disease. The owner of the cleaning company employed by our school is Terry Daniher.

Terry is also a 300+ game AFL legend, a former Essendon FC captain and part of a famous footballing family. Together the four brothers, Terry, Anthony, Chris and Neale played a total of 752 games of VFL/AFL footy. In 2013, Neale Daniher was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Since then, the family has led a passionate pursuit of finding a cure for MND. An article on the Essendon FC website outlines the magnitude of the challenge in finding a cure for this terrible disease-

“More than 2,000 Australians are currently living with MND. The disease causes the nerve cells controlling movement, speech, breathing and swallowing to slowly die. Thanks to the (fundraising) work of the Danihers, two new drug trials have commenced and another two are scheduled to begin later this year. The Danihers are calling on all Australians to continue to support the cause, so enough funds can be raised as quickly as possible, so that every Australian MND patient can access a new drug trial.”

The Big Freeze 5 was held last Monday (Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday) at the MCG before the AFL game between Melbourne and Collingwood.

As an initiative led by our student leaders, last Friday we conducted our own ‘Big Freeze’ ice-bucket challenge at the College during our lunch break. A number of staff and students braved the chilly conditions to be drenched by ice buckets to raise money for this great cause. Our guest celebrities on the day were Terry Daniher, Isaac Quaynor (our ex-student now with the Collingwood Football  club) and Katherine Smith (from the Melbourne AFLW club)

A warm congratulations to those involved in the planning and delivery of a busy ‘Big Freeze’ week at our College.