Coaches from every AFL team will take the plunge for Fight MND’s Big Freeze 4 in an extraordinary show of support for one of footy’s most inspiring personalities, news.com.au reports.
All 18 coaches will set aside rivalries in an extraordinary nod to footy legend Neale Daniher and hundreds of others battling motor neurone disease.
Collingwood’s Nathan Buckley and Melbourne’s Simon Goodwin will be among the first to slide into a pool of ice at the MCG ahead of the Queen’s Birthday clash between the two teams on June 11.
Now in its fourth year, the televised spectacle has benefited from the involvement of a string of sporting greats and personalities.
Daniher said the coaches’ commitment showcased the kind of support rarely seen in any other code. “I have no doubt that because of their involvement it will help raise awareness not only in Australia but around the world,’’ he said
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson said it was easy to see why Daniher’s fight and his tireless campaign had resonated with so many people. “Neale is a man that I’ve always looked up to and admired,’’ Clarkson said.
“It’s no surprise to me how he has completely committed himself to finding a cure for MND.
“I didn’t hesitate to agree to go down the slide. It’s an honour to be asked for Neale and the cause.”