The 2019 Big Freeze at the ‘G may be another week away, but Werribee is getting in early to throw its support behind the fight to end motor neurone disease.
The boys in black and gold are back on their home deck for their round-nine clash with the Casey Demons, and they’ll be using the match as an opportunity to raise funds for the vital work being done by FightMND.
While there’ll be no icy slide to be seen, fans at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday will be able to donate to the cause on the day using donation envelopes or through the team of tin rattlers who will be on site. They’ll also be able to show their support by purchasing a raffle ticket of merchandise items such as the now-famous Big Freeze beanie, which the Werribee boys took the liberty of modelling at their Thursday training session.
The “big W” will also collectively don the official blue Big Freeze socks on game day, which have been purchased in support of the cause.
The chance for Werribee and the Casey Demons to join forces to get behind the initiative is significant given the links of both clubs with Neale Daniher, the face of FightMND campaign whose brave battle with the terrible disease has attracted a groundswell of support and inspired a movement.
A champion footballer with Essendon through the 1980s, Neale later landed at Chirnside Park and featured in Werribee’s 1991 VFA Grand Final side. In 1998, he began a 223-game career as coach of Casey's AFL affiliate Melbourne, which he led to the 2000 AFL Grand Final.
Werribee and the Casey Demons kick off at 2pm on Saturday at Avalon Airport Oval.
For more information on the work of FightMND, CLICK HERE.