Footballers and Netballers from Nhill and Dimboola Clubs united last Saturday to raise money to help fight Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
A large crowd gathered at Davis Park in Nhill to enjoy the day’s activities along with supporting their clubs games. All the netballers wore MND socks and the senior footballers wore a special guernsey design, especially for the day.
While merchandise was sold to raise funds, the popular beany made a sea of blue and white throughout the crowd. More than $7000 worth of merchandise was sold at the ground.
By the time the senior game was over the tally was more than $17,000.
The highlight of the day was the ‘Ice Challenge’ where local identities volunteered to be dunked into 1000 litres of iced water. After the senior game, the tank was taken onto the oval and filled with water followed by several bags of ice put into the tank.
Each volunteer had a fundraiser that allowed people to donate to their favourite challenger.
Nhills Tania Warrick was the first to take the seat on the machine and children were given the chance to push the lever to drop her into the water.
Former AFL Essendon player Jason Johnson was also among the challengers, who was there on the day, representing the Neale Daniher Foundation.
DFNC president Col Campbell put on a heroic display, as he was dropped into the water with his fist clenched, in anticipation to how cold it was going to be.
DFNC Senior coach Al McKinnon was a little more prepared, wearing his wetsuit that helped fight off some of the cold.
Netball director and A Grade coach Ant braved the challenge in her netball uniform taking a big breath and a little meditation before hitting the water.
Tahlia Avery, in green and gold put on a brave face as she climbed up over the tank, along with B Grade coach Taylah Ryen.
An ‘ring-in’ Karen Hunter appeared in her green and gold bunny suit and put on a great scene for the spectators.
Representing Hindmarsh Council was ‘Nemo’, alias Philip King dressed as the cartoon character Nemo.
Nhill’s John Batson, David Flood, Mont Miller, Tarrah Dodds and Matt Fritsch also took on the challenge.
On top of the $17,000 raised at the game and by the challengers at Nhill they auctioned the 21 jumpers, worn on the day and raised an additional $15,000, a great result from the day for an important cause.
The Dimboola Football Netball Club continued the fund raiser at the Victoria Hotel selling five of their jumpers on the night bringing the total money raised to over $40,000.