DANIHER’S DRIVE – a fun four-day road-trip extravaganza set to raise much needed awareness and funds to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
SIX emergency department (ED) nursing friends have responded to FightMND’s Code Blue to help raise funds for the mystery disease Neale Daniher calls The Beast.
The Cool Kids – including honorary member Lauren ‘Lozzy’ Daniher – met working at the Austin Hospital’s ED four years before Neale was diagnosed with the disease.
Being in the medical world they immediately knew how devastating the disease would be to Lozzy’s father, as with every other MND patient around the world.
Two to three people are diagnosed daily with MND in Australia and all will die from it. From diagnosis, the average life expectancy is just 27 months. At the time of Neale’s diagnosis, there was little hope that a cure or treatment was anywhere near.
The nursing friends wanted to help, so last year they registered a team in the Daniher’s Drive 2016.
Corrine Wells, a member of the Cool Kids said, “We all just dived headfirst into our first fundraising event, which was a Trivia night at Richmond Union bowling club”. It was a great success.
They aimed to raise $15,000 in 2016 but they went far beyond, putting $25,000 towards the fight to cure MND last year.
The team members expected fundraising to be more difficult. Corrine said they were so surprised how so many people wanted to get involved in their fundraisers. “Everyone knew it was such a worthy cause and so pleased that 100% of funds raised went directly to the foundation.”
Spurred on by last year’s great result, the Cool Kids have lifted their team fundraising goal to $30,000. this year. They are well on the way to achieving that – their recent second trivia night raised a staggering $18,000.
“It’s amazing how much support we got,” Corrine said. “Tickets sold out really quickly. We approached lots of companies to secure some great prizes. Everyone was excited to get involved and it was a fun night.”
Despite the fun of trivia nights, running mini Big Freeze BBQs at their work and selling beanies, the women’s favourite part of their fundraising effort is the four-day car trip.
“It was all so much fun, we just laughed and laughed the whole time,” Corrine said.
The Cool Kids are among the younger teams on the Drive. “We loved every minute, getting to meet all the other teams on the Drive and especially to meet all the sweet members of the Daniher family,” Corrine said.
The experience of the Daniher’s Drive, seems to be medicinal for this group of nurses who are already planning their next fundraiser. “We walked away feeling proud and so much closer together,” Corrine said.
To donate to The Cool Kids fundraising page: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/cool-kids