As the curtain falls on another Daniher’s Drive, the 2019 instalment will be remembered for breaking all previous fundraising records.
The Ranelagh Club in Mt Eliza and Port Phillip Bay provided the backdrop on the fourth and final morning for FightMND CEO, Jamie Howden to announce the iconic FightMND event raised $3.1 million to take the total Daniher’s Drive funds raised to $10.7 million in just five years.
The 320 participants on the 2019 Daniher’s Drive set off from Werribee Zoo for a 4-day adventure through regional Victoria on October 10.
On day one, the 85-strong convoy of cars weaved its way through the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast which included a large community stop in Portarlington before lunch at the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club en-route to the first night in Creswick.
The magnificent RACV Club in Creswick played host to a ‘Meet & Greet’ function where some of the participants shared their own personal stories and connection with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), thinking of those fighting MND and remembering those we have lost.
With Wangaratta and a brilliant Gala Auction & Comedy Night in their sights for night two, the convoy traversed the highways of Central Victoria with a community stop at the quaint town of Maldon before enjoying a quintessential ‘country’ lunch at the Heathcote Football Club.
From there, many of the teams made a brief stop at Nagambie for a golf chipping competition into the picturesque Nagambie Lake before settling into Wangaratta for night two.
The annual Gala Auction and Comedy Night was another brilliant night of entertainment and fundraising with funnyman Dilruk Jayasinha providing the laughs before $85,000 was raised from the gala auction, with a share in a racehorse topping the list of items attracting a final bid of $13,500.
A last-minute addition to the auction catalogue was a Big Freeze 5 FightMND jacket that was, at the time of going under the hammer, was being worn by Neale Daniher. The successful bidder raised his hand and parted with $10,000 for the honour and privilege of owning Neale’s own jacket.
Mornington was the destination as the cars set off on the third morning of the Drive, but not before a welcome from the Alexandra community for morning tea. A ‘footy kicking into a barrel’ competition was hit with former Melbourne captain Brad Green the only one to have a go and nail the target.
With the afternoon and lunch at their leisure, all participants travelled through the Yarra Valley to the Mornington Peninsula for the final ‘Heroes & Villains’ theme night at the Mornington Racecourse.
With a new record now set, and the 2019 edition concluded, planning for the 2020 Daniher’s Drive begins in earnest with another record target in 12 months time being aspired to.
A big thanks to all our partners including our Naming Rights Partner, Chemist Warehouse and our Major Partners, PSC Insurance Brokers and Nick Theodossi Prestige Cars.