Daniher’s Drive: How to join fight against MND

For the second year in a row, Daniher’s Drive has been run off the road due to Covid-19, but thanks to Chemist Warehouse, fundraising efforts can roll on.

Daniher’s Drive, named in honour of AFL legend Neale Daniher, has raised millions of dollars for leading motor neurone disease foundation FightMND, since it started in 2015.

The popular fundraising event was due to travel through Myrtleford, Lakes Entrance and Warragul this month in support of the communities recovering from bushfires and Covid-19 but has been forced to cancel due to the pandemic.

Despite the setback, Neale and the FightMND family have vowed that Daniher’s Drive will return in 2022.

A Chemist Warehouse donation drive will fill the void

Chemist Warehouse, as one of the major partners and supporters of FightMND, is stepping up fundraising efforts by running a national in-store donation drive.

Some 466 stores located across the country will participate in the fundraising event until November 10.

Chemist Warehouse’s partnership with FightMND runs deep due to personal ties with the debilitating condition, company director Mario Tascone says.

“Within the Chemist Warehouse family, we have experienced both the diagnoses of, and fatalities associated with motor neurone disease, and have seen first-hand the relentless nature of the illness,” Mr Tascone says.

How the donation drive helps FightMND

FightMND campaign director Bec Daniher has welcomed the in-store donation drive.

“FightMND is proud to be partnered with Chemist Warehouse and is incredibly grateful for their ongoing support in the fight against the Beast that is MND,” Bec says.

“Thanks to the efforts of Chemist Warehouse and their wonderful team, we’re able to fund innovative research and provide care equipment for people living with MND, year after year.”

To date, FightMND, which started in 2014, has helped invest millions of dollars in the fight against MND and according to Neale Daniher, he couldn’t be prouder of the foundation’s efforts.

“In seven years, we’ve rallied an army, committed $48.4 million into research, invested nearly $5 million in care equipment and been a voice for people who want to fight ‘The Beast’,” Neale says. “People living with MND now have more opportunities to participate in research or clinical trials throughout Australia.

“It is proof of the accelerating progress we are making to end MND.”

Written by Charlotte Brundrett