Tennis legend Ash Barty was one of several celebrities on hand at the MCG on Monday, sliding into a pool of ice water to help raise awareness about motor neurone disease.
Eddie Bates, Ronda Birchmore, Andy Maher, Zakara Antony, Hamish Blake, Terry Dannyhar, Justin Langer, David Netz, Beck Modern, each joined Bertie in front of the bumper crowd before Collingwood’s game against Melbourne.
It was the eighth iteration of The Big Fridge, the first in 2014 – a brainchild of the FightMND charity, co-founded by AFL legend Neil Denihar, who continues to fight the disease.
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“It’s an incredible day, an incredible cause, and I’m so proud to be a small part of a celebration that’s just bringing awareness to an incredible person,” Bertie said.
“The blue is just so bright and I’m so glad I can be a part of it.”
From Rafiq’s outfit The Lion King And with a toy Simba in hand, Bertie jumped into the water below and below the slide.
“I hoped I could perform a little better on the tennis court, but for good reason this is the most beautiful day,” he said, still soaking wet.
FightMND aims to reach a 2 million grant in the first half of Monday’s conflict – and it ticked that milestone in the second quarter.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement with a government grant of $ 250,000, “It’s hard to think of a more inspiring person than Nell Daniehar.”
“The work he has done for others in the face of devastating diagnoses is truly remarkable.
“We are proud to support Neil’s fight. Every day it brings us closer to finding a cure for this terrible disease.”
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