Neale Daniher will now have his name officially cemented in AFL history with a path leading to the MCG to be renamed ‘Daniher’s Way’.
The path stretching from William Barak Bridge to the MCG is now named in honour of the former Essendon great, who played 82 AFL games from 1979-1990.
Daniher averaged 11.9 kicks, 17.2 disposals and 3.6 marks throughout his career before retiring at the end of the 1990 AFL season.
Daniher was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2013 which to this day as no cure.
A very special moment. ✨
The walkway from Birrarung Marr to the ‘G has been unveiled as Daniher’s Way. pic.twitter.com/RQfVYAf6B4
Due to the illness affecting his speech, his daughter Bec spoke on her father’s behalf at the unveiling.
“Neale is truly humbled by Daniher’s Way … this is truly important to us,” she said.
On Tuesday morning Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced an extra $1 million in funding for FightMND, a charity Daniher co-founded and has fought strongly for these past eight years.
“This is a small gesture to a man who has made a huge contribution to football, to medical research and to Victoria,” Mr. Andrews said.
“Neale made his name on the MCG, but his lasting contribution will be through his tireless work to not only raise awareness of MND, but to find a cure.”
FightMND advocates for individuals suffering from the illness as well as raises funding that goes towards research for a cure.
If you know anyone suffering from MND or are wanting to donate, please head to https://fightmnd.org.au/donate/