FIRST there was the ‘Big Freeze at the G’ and on Sunday all eyes will be on Riverina’s own ‘Freeze at Robbo’.
Riverina League clubs are board Neale Daniher’s campaign to raise funds and awareness to help cure Motor Neurone Disease (MND) with this weekend’s round dedicated to the cause.
Wagga Tigers will lead the charge with ‘Freeze at Robbo’.
Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes co-coach Chris Daniher, AFL Riverina chairman Michael Irons and respected football identity Jock Currie are just a few of those that will take to the slide.
An inflatable water slide will be set up at Robertson Oval on Sunday where they will go down the slide into a pool of ice and freezing cold water at half-time of the first grade game against Turvey Park.
Wagga Tigers president Scott Bance has challenged fellow AFL Riverina clubs to sponsor someone to also take the slide.
“It’s the only game on Sunday so hopefully we can get a few of the clubs to sponsor someone,” Bance said.
All Riverina League clubs will take part in a raffle this weekend where an Essendon guernsey, signed by the five Danihers to play AFL, will be up for grabs.
Dot Vearing, Neale’s sister, has her sights set on raising $10,000 across the region.
“The support has been fantastic, really good,” Vearing said.
“It’s been amazing just the different stories from clubs that we’ve heard, generally they have all had someone with a connection with the disease.”
Bance said Tigers were happy to play their part in raising awareness for MND.
“Dot and Chris (Daniher) put out the call to all clubs to do a round in June and we haven’t played at home for a month so this was our first chance,” he said.
“It’s a great cause and it’s good to see the footy family get behind it.”
Several Farrer, Northern Riverina and Wagga and District clubs have already raised funds for the cause.
The Freeze at Robbo will be part of a big day of junior and senior football and netball between Tigers and Turvey Park on Sunday.
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