CPA Australia joins fight to find MND cure

AFL legend Neale Daniher is driving for a cure

CPA Australia is the gold sponsor of the 2016 Daniher Drive, a four-day event raising money for MND.

There’s a greater sense of urgency at CPA Australia for this year’s Daniher’s Drive in October. 

The event raises awareness and funds to help find a cure for motor neurone disease (MND), the cruel disease that this year claimed the life of respected educator Dr Paul Brock.

Brock was the cover story in INTHEBLACK in March 2015, and in the interview he pleaded with government to set aside funds to help find a cure.

"The condition has a cruel progression, trapping people with active minds in increasingly paralysed bodies."

Australian Rules football legend Neale Daniher announced two years ago that he, too, has MND. He is behind this fundraising event, and for the second consecutive year CPA Australia is the gold sponsor. 

The event, which last year raised A$1.1 million, is a four-day drive through Victoria’s beautiful countryside. CPA Australia has entered two teams this year:

  • “The Road Worriers” comprises team captain Terry Brooks from the Victorian Divisional Council, Victorian Division general manager Jon Aloni, Brooks’ son Cal and Cal’s partner, Jerrie.
  • The “Smokey and the Bandits” team is headed by Nigel Fitzpatrick from CPA Australia’s Ballarat branch, together with Thomas Elford and Derek Grima, also from the Ballarat branch, and Julian Selling from the Sale branch of CPA Australia.

MND, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US, is an umbrella term for a group of diseases that attack the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement.

The condition has a cruel progression, trapping people with active minds in increasingly paralysed bodies.

For more details about the event or to make a donation, go to curemnd.org.au/danihersdrive

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