Neale Daniher, a former great player for the EFC and more recently the force behind the MND campaign to raise funds for research into a cure for this horrible disease, which unfortunately Neale suffers from, has been named as the Victorian of the Year in 2019.
The work that Neale has done in raising very substantial funds for MND research, including the Big Freeze at the MCG on the Queen’s Birthday holiday and the Daniher Drive, has been inspirational to many Australians and this award is not only well received, but long overdue. He should become the Australian of the Year!
It has been suggested that the AFL should consider creating a special annual award in the name of Neale Daniher, to embody the work Neale has done for MND. We believe that all AFL followers, in fact all Australians, would support such an award.
An early measure of Neal’s leadership capabilities was shown by the EFC in 1982 when he was appointed as Captain of the team, however due to his knee injuries he did not take the field during that season, which eventually restricted him to playing 82 games with the club.
We all hope that a cure can be found for MND in the near future and that Neale can benefit from any such cure.