After two years of delays, a convoy of 80 cars carrying more than 300 participants will journey through regional Victoria raising awareness and funds for FightMND as part of this year’s Daniher’s Drive.
Set to take place from Thursday 13 October to Sunday 16 October 2022, the seventh Daniher’s Drive will travel 895 kilometres through the towns of Myrtleford and Bright, over the Great Dividing Range to Lakes Entrance and Warragul.
It will mark the first time in two years that the popular Drive event has returned to the road, with the opportunity to visit regional communities and support their recovery from the 2020 bushfires and the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns.
In addition to nightly events and community activities along the route, the Drive also offers a special chance to connect with regional families who have been touched by Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
From what started as a quest to raise awareness of MND in regional Victoria has since grown into a marquee regional fundraiser drawing participants from all over Australia.
A proud cornerstone of Daniher’s Drive is fundraising, with each team raising a minimum of $5000 to take part. However, many of the Drive teams, some returning for their fifth or sixth Drive, consistently exceed that target. This year, the event hopes to raise more than $1,000,000 for the fight against MND.
For the first time, Jayco, Australia’s most popular brand of RVs, has stepped up to help Drive participants raise funds by generously donating a Jayco Starcraft Bushpack Caravan 2022 valued at $61,990 (RRP) as the major prize for the Daniher’s Drive raffle.
With tickets costing $50 each, the Daniher’s Drive raffle will run from 13 July 2022 to 14 October 2022 and is open to residents in Victoria, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
All funds raised through the raffle will not only support Daniher’s Drive but help fund urgent MND research and care for those living with MND.
FightMND Campaigns Director Bec Daniher said she was excited to see the Drive back on the road after two years of COVID-related setbacks.
“I can’t wait to take the fight against MND on the road again to visit these resilient regional towns who have been impacted so much over the past two years.” Bec Daniher said.
“The people who take part in Daniher’s Drive are like one big family – this event has been more than two years in the making so I have no doubt it’s going to be a reunion and celebration to remember,” she said.
“But before we get to the start line, there’s plenty of work to be done which is why it’s great to have the support of Gerry Ryan and Jayco as our Drive teams work hard to raise much-needed funds to help find a cure for this Beast of a disease.”
Jayco National Sales Manager, Scott Jones said that for Jayco, it’s really important that they give back to the community.
“We’re honoured to be part of FightMND Daniher’s Drive, which will raise much-needed funds to help cure Motor Neurone Disease, as well as supporting regional communities that have been devastated by floods and fires over the last year,” Mr Jones said.
Daniher’s Drive is also supported by Chemist Warehouse, the Victorian State Government, PSC Insurance, Bayside Coaches and CMV Trucks & Buses.